I’m a huge fan of indie rock that takes on broad brush strokes, rises and falls, yet still maintains pop sensibility. This new track from A Festival, A Parade does just that, building a huge ground swell of noise to meet just in time with the lyrics rolling out. I love how the song is able to settle calmly before the band chimes back in with their squall of guitars and crashing percussion. The rolling drum work in the middle of the track is a nice touch too, only increasing the tension that holds this track together. No word on a full length, but this song will do for now.
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A Festival, A Parade are a four piece out of Newcastle Upon Tyne who have got a Frightened Rabbit meets Preoccupations vibe with their heavy dark rock. This new single below, “If Dogs Could Talk,” has all the elements you’d expect from an alt-rock song: cutting riffs of electric guitar that duel throughout, furious drums with lots of cymbal crashes, and the deep vocals of Joe Allen that keep the song in that grumbling, low tone. This band has only been at it for about a year, so you can expect a bright future from these gents.
Bonus points if you can guess which track by The National that it appears this band has generated their name from.
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