Album review: Skaters - Manhattan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 February 2014

Skaters - Manhattan

Skaters - Manhattan

Archant

A New York City garage guitar band all wrapped up in the highs and lows of the city's underbelly. But 10 years too late? Not quite...

With their debut EP knocked out just over a month after forming, there’s something refreshingly ad-hoc about this transatlantic foursome.

Skaters’ sound is redolent of the early-Noughties garage rock revival, particularly The Strokes, from their oh-so NYC-ness to the jagged guitar.

And when they’re not cranking out indie they’re taking a stab at dub, peppered with pretty bleeps in the summer-y but slightly awkward Band Breaker, and allied to a drum machine and a surprising, wary assessment of the plastic surgery industry in Fear Of The Knife.

Yet despite all signs pointing to a tired, outdated disaster, Skaters somehow steer a course from irritating timewasters to promising types.

Introductory single I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How) lashes a drum machine to sinewy guitar in the verses before exploding into a ballsy rock chorus, while the turbo-charged This Much I Care (featuring an unapologetic money-grabber) and Miss Teen Massachusetts’ downbeat narrator, backed by muscular drums and fuzzed guitar, suggests better is to come.

The echo-laden, almost mellifluous guitar on To Be Young In NYC adds another string to the bow of a band who may yet truly impress.

Rating: 3 stars

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