Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Bayonets – ‘Bayonets’ (Idle Hands)

Meet Bayonets. Also known individually as Thom, Mark, Matt and Joey, a four piece residing from Herefordshire have this week released their second self-titled album. These 10 tracks are of melodic proportion and if you’re fans of bands such as Biffy Clyro, Death Cab for Cutie and Minus the Bear then there is no reason why you shouldn’t dig this record.

Although this for me personally doesn’t grab the bull by the horns instantly after the first 3 tracks it does however make for pleasant listening and would be happy to have this plugging away in the background whilst I’m doing some work or housecleaning or something. ‘Cash In Kids/Kids Cash In’ is the first track of real note to recognise a real musical integrity. ‘God Can’t Grow’, I admire how it provides lush sounding vocal harmonies and sweet jangling guitars but doesn’t necessarily build up to a massive climax. It doesn’t need to do that.

You can sense an influence of early to mid 2000 atmospheric-ness of the likes of Explosions in the Sky and Hope Of The States, especially in the guitars on tracks like ‘Colour vs. Black and White’. Heavy use of reverb is implied to give it that effect. The acoustic ‘Honiara’ provides a pleasant interlude on the album before finishing with the heavier ‘Friends Flown’ and aptly titled ‘Sleep’.

Although I wouldn’t class Bayonets as the most original sounding band in the world, doesn’t mean this isn’t a relaxing and listenable LP. It kind of takes me back to my teenage years when I first started listening to new up and coming groups and going to local Indie shows around Dorset and Somerset. The harmonies are gorgeous and a standout feature in their sound and their instrumental performance works well around that, so it might definitely be worth checking them out on a live scale too.

Words: Freddy Rothman

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