Ye can all thank / blame Land Lovers for our 400th sudden stop in updates last week. We found the Dublin band while we were pile driving through some home-grown talent MySpace’s and were brought to a grinding halt after one go of their player. At first ‘Children / Pop / Showtunes’ seemed like something we were going to really regret giving the time to but after several million spins over the last week, we’re ready to share them with ye all.
We’ve never seen them or heard their album…yet!
The Cinema Bell sounds exactly like we were expecting. Clappy, silly keyboards and poppy noises but we stayed and ‘struggled on’ because the vocals are strong and the song is nice and catchy. Multiple spins has brought it closer to us but we’re still standing there with a wee stick between us so that style never becomes too comfortable. Immovable Feast is the one that really threw is. Total change in styles and a feeling of instant maturity to the writing, very strong with an excellent flow.
Paddy Works The Maglev follows the same style Immovable Feet but includes a more Irish traditional style of structure meaning any of ye out there that enjoy the start / stop style of the verse may like trad one day. A nice song that discusses present day Ireland but manages to avoid the clichés and awful comedy pitfalls that many others are throwing out at the moment. Possibly our favourite of the bunch.
No. 1 Communiqué changes the style again and gives the band a much darker tone. Not a whole pile to writer here. Lyrics are darker, music is darker and there’s a great mix of styles but the overall delivery is pretty unique to Land Lovers. Is that amateur-music speech jargon? We think so. Don’t really want to write this review while listening so just go and visit their MySpace and enjoy. You won’t regret it, honest!