Of course being a Strokes sound-alike band is the last thing anyone needs; we've had a decade of second-rate imitations. So while they deal in similarly garage-rock sounds with potentially similar musical ethics, their music is no reproduction. 'Loved Ones' comes with a more anthemic feel to it that then develops into a catchy chorus and feels quite solid. It makes for a noticeable lead-track in a musical landscape of guitar bands who are fairly indistinguishable. The opening chimes of 'Let It Rain' lead into a different rhythm entirely, with just a twist of ska to it. At its core it's another modern garage track though and again the songwriting is a step-up from previous recordings. 'Across The Skyline' flirts with electronics but soon turns into another stomping and ragged guitar tune. Crash Island aren't quite world-beaters yet, but they're on their way.
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'Strange Shores' will be available on September 23rd from SoundCloud
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