By Templeton Pek
'No Association' is urgent, hardcore-influenced rock that builds to a passionate tumult of sweeping guitars and strings. The Birmingham rockers boast an unusual vocal style, with frontman Neal Mitchell exchanging vocals with yelping guitarist Kev Green. For some, this will make Templeton Pek addictively edgy. For others, it will make them just plain annoying.
'No Association' is occasionally surprising, with strings and Green's robotic yelping sprinkled across their otherwise straightforward rock, but Templeton Pek pull it off with enviable flair. However, 'No Association' does become repetitive towards the end, perhaps owing to the fact that they seem to be trotting out lyrics, rather than singing about anything meaningful. Consequently, 'No Association' may be a razor-sharp, melodic track, but it rarely hits the highs that are clearly within its reach.
B-side 'The Origin' picks up the pace with breakneck guitars and galloping drums. Presented with an under produced edge, it has all the fire of a live performance, and has the potential to be far better than the leading track, even if it's currently a bit on the short side.
'No Association' is a CD of mixed success, but it showcases a band with potential, who hopefully we'll hear more from in the future.