|Ourfamous Dead - 'Claws At The Door' (Self Released)|
|Written by Lewis Brooks|
|Wednesday, 13 June 2012 04:00|
Let me begin potentially rather offensively by saying that I'm mistrustful of both Leeds and so called 'electro-rock'. Combining both these in addition to horrifyingly "pulling from the likes of" My Passion, The Blackout and Enter Shikari are 'Ourfamous Dead'. Yes that spelling is deliberate, and the band appear to have the literary skills that I would expect of a group of presumably young blokes from Leeds (I actually know nothing about the band, Leeds or indeed how well educated its citizens are. Perhaps somebody could helpfully post some school or university league tables in the comments. Not really, there'd be no point).
However, I do have some knowledge of the genre, for a change, being a fan of both Enter Shikari, (despite the tepid and out of time live performance I witnessed recently), and Hadouken, neither of these bands having much in common with The Blackout. This perhaps suggests that maybe Ourfamous Dead (who could at least capitalise and thereby render 'edgy' their name) are a little clueless as to the genre themselves. It is also possible that they're merely trying to appeal to a wider fanbase, in which case I am disgusted at their attempts to "sell out" before they've even begun.
"Twisted dynamics" and "weaving structures" sound like the kind of descriptions I'd use to bullshit sophistication, and any single that claims to be 'anthemic' may as well be 'enema-themic' for all the joy I personally will derive from it. You may notice that I haven't yet mentioned any music, though with just four minutes and nine seconds I'm struggling. You see, the problem is that the music is not delivering what it says it is. Disappointingly I fail to hear the "boisterous, infectious amalgamation of AFI and LostProphets", which, whilst not really what I'd term modern electro-rock, would have satisfied me somewhat.
Perhaps the album will change my mind, perhaps 'Claws At The Door' is a poor choice of single for my narrow mind to scrutinise, regardless of its rather stylish name. Then again, we don't have the album yet do we?