21 July 2011

Unearthed Review: Waterford. Four stars.

| johnboy
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Unearthed Review continues its inexorable progress through the Canberra musicians on the TripleJ Unearthed website.

Moving on through the “drummed” artists we come to Waterford.

They have this to say about themselves:

Waterford make music with guitars bass and drums. They’re the older brothers with the good record collections who take their melodic smarts and offer jangling pop in easy three minute slabs. It’s post (grad) rock. Or Smithsonian indie. The sound of one band clapping.

It’s hard to add to that, which is annoying.

Waterford sound like the offspring of The Shins and The Mountain Goats, or for older readers, really early Beatles with modern lyrics.

They offer all you could really ask of pop rock. Although at times they head off on strange breaks which feel like the rest of the band wanted a moment in the sound over the needs of the song (particularly the case with “Syrup Tale”).

While you fritter away your life waiting for the next Shins album I’d definitely be giving this a listen. Well worth a download if your sensibilities run to the smart and modern.

Four stars.

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i love this band and feel like a sucker for forgetting to go see them at transit last night. i was mid way through baking cupcakes when i realised!

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