Thursday, 23 March 2017

FIGHTING CARAVANS/COLOUR OF SPRING – SPLIT SINGLE REVIEW

Fighting Caravans/Colour of Spring – It’s A Nice Ride (To Be Fair)/Frail (Clue Records/Clue Club)
Fighting Caravans - It's A Nice Ride (To Be Fair)


Release Date: Out Now

Life goals: find a record company that you love, become obsessed with their artists and then faint with overwhelmed delight when they launch a singles club ready to bring you more great artists. This double-A side is the first release from Clue Club and features two great emerging British bands, the first of which is Leeds five-piece Fighting Caravans. ‘It’s A Nice Ride (To Be Fair)’ opens with a sense of purpose, striding in to an Arcade Fire meets the Killers indie-rock stride before the Dick Dale guitars come out and I’m suddenly reminded of Sheffield gunslingers The Clench. You see, Fighting Caravans have a real swagger about them and the layers of guitars mixed with preacher-style vocals could see these guys easily sliding in to a Grinderman support slot to get things moving.

Colour of Spring - Frail
Colour of Spring are also from Leeds (to be fair, Clue Records is a Leeds based label so you can forgive them some favouritism) and their half of this single goes by the more brief title of ‘Frail’. This is an altogether more trippy affair but don’t expect this to be a relaxed walk in the park – unless, of course, you’ve dropped some acid and the trees start talking to you. This is psych-shoegaze and the shuddering guitars mix perfectly with the sea-spray cymbals to create a tumultuous, tempestuous sound that it would be very easy to get lost in. If you enjoy some 90s shoegaze with a little twist of crazy then you should dive in and enjoy this and if not then give it a try anyway. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Live Dates:

Fighting Caravans

24th March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
9th April – Blues Bar, Harrogate
13th April – The Washington, Sheffield
15th April – Stockton Calling,  Stockton on Tees
21st April – Live Room, Cleckheaton
28th May – Karma Fest 2017, Leeds
30th June – SouthCider Festival, Burton Bradstock

23rd July – Blackthorn Festival, Stockport

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