|Black Soul Strangers - 'Lies' (Squeek Records)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Tuesday, 08 December 2009 19:33|
London-based Irish quartet Black Soul Strangers were a new name to me when this one track disc arrived in the ÜR West offices. Described as having razor sharp guitars, I put this single - 'Lies' - on and waited for the razors to start cutting but, alas, it never happened.
Three minutes later and I'm scratching my head as to where do you put a band like Black Soul Strangers on the basis of one track. It's probably best to describe it as indie and if you liked U2 when they were young then you might like this.
These guys are definitely more rocking than all that Coldplay dross or Snow Patrol but this is certainly not the strongest single I've heard this year. The bass sounds nice as it rattles along after a faint bit of Placebo in the intro. Difficult to write off a band after one song but it's also difficult to praise them as well. There is an album, 'Animate', to come in 2010 and I will wait to judge them when more songs are available to hear.