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UK trio Some Velvet Morning (composed of brothers Des (vocals, guitar) and Gavin (bass) Lambert and drummer Rob Flanagan) have released their solid sophomore album Allies.

 

I was unfamiliar with the band when I heard How to Start a Revolution, and the vocal melodies dug their hooks right in. Afterward I had to play it again, and again, and again, and then wanted more…

 

The sound is familiar in many ways, calling similarities to Neon Trees U2, Arctic Monkeys,and a little Coldplay mashed into an organic recipe of solid alternative brit-rock. The opening instrumental track Unterbrechen (translates to ‘Interrupt’) leads into the first single How To Start A Revolution which is an upbeat riff-driven tune that will get you humming the ‘Ahh ah-ah ahh ahhh’ chorus line long after you’ve re-played the track 5 or 6 times in a row.

 

Resistance is another strong track that keeps the energy alive and kicking with the “Ooo–ooh-oooh/Get out my head/You know I’ve no resistance” chorus line. The delight-fulness of the track takes you away and next thing you know, the 3 minute track is over – repeat. One more time.

Moving on, Some Velvet Morning sing about the pressures of making ends meet with Hollywood. “When the rent is due/ I see tears in her eyes/ It’s not Hollywood/ just the best we could find”

Control has a special surprise at the bridge two minutes in, where they switch into an amazing groove for a little while before the crescendo back into the chorus/outro. I hope in their live shows they seize that beat and milk it for all it’s worth.

Allies finale is the longest track The River at 4:49 which makes you think you discovered a U2 B-side with the delay-ridden guitar and ‘Bono-style’ vocals.

 

Altogether Allies is worth multiple listens. SVM fills the void of U2 pop grooves and anthemic “Ooh”, and “Aaah” chants that make the music so enjoyable. Have a listen to a couple tracks:

 

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