Rend Collective (Single)
I must admit I was slightly apprehensive before I put this CD into my laptop. I’d Googled Rend Collective and saw that this Northern Irish five-piece were described as a ‘Christian experimental, folk rock, worship band’. I’m not in the slightest bit religious and I wondered what this song would entail. I’m fairly certain the lighthouse which they’re referring to throughout as ‘shining in the darkness’ and which they are following could well have religious connotations, but the track itself is incredibly catchy and uplifting. It’s powerful, and clearly takes some inspiration from Mumford and Sons.
“You’re The Captain”
In essence, a classic indie band who have produced a promising album and are able to vary up the style of their music. A particular highlight was ‘Miles and Miles of Rosary Beads’ which combines a fast-paced drum beat with solid riffs and good vocals, making me tap my foot as I listened which was also the case with the following track, ‘Indian Sweets’. As I worked my way through the album, it certainly become clear that the band have focussed on making the strong drum beat the focus of each song, with the guitars cleverly sewn in around it. However, with tracks such as ‘Flowers’ they also demonstrate a brilliant ability to produce uplifting songs.
‘Here, There and Everywhere’
Charlie Landsborough (Album)
It takes somebody with exceptional talent to be able to cover songs written by Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, and unfortunately in my eyes Landsborough hasn’t managed it. Don’t get me wrong, I can see what he’s trying to do, adding his own unique, slightly country style but it just doesn’t work. I’m always cautious when listening to a cover band because I’m somebody that nine times out of ten will favour the original and unfortunately this is no different. I don’t see why anyone would want to cover ‘Imagine’ – it should be left alone and enjoyed as it was first produced.