Saturday 1 February 2014

The Battles Of Winter - A Blackout For The Bloodsuckers

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The story of The Battles Of Winter seems like a relatively long and complex one for a band who are yet to release their debut album. Formed in London but now apparently "scattered far and wide", they've had their sound compared to Interpol, Echo & The Bunnymen, The National and The Doors. We can't argue too much with that lot, however, going of new single 'A Blackout For The Bloodsuckers' we'd have to add something a little more visceral, a little more fuzzy to the mix to paint a better picture. Maybe a more post-punk version of someone like Crocodiles would be a fitting addition, or maybe The Cult produced by A Place To Bury Strangers. They do have their own sound though, albeit one that's made up from parts of alternative rock music's expansive history. They also sound absolutely huge.

The album is to be called 'Standing At The Floodgates', and just to spread their story a little further, it's being released by the dependable Irish label Ruby Music, so somehow or other they've made it across that stretch of water, perhaps as they scattered far and wide... 'A Blackout For The Bloodsuckers' is a driving and thumping song that lets nothing stand in its way; this feels like a band who are full of confidence, and this may be the result of having had so long to gel and hone their sound. As with so much in the music world, luck will play its part. But should this song (or album, assuming the quality is of a similar level) get heard by some people in influential places, then there's no real reason why The Battles Of Winter can't become one of those names that future new bands will be compared to.

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Fri, Feb 7, Sebright Arms, London, United Kingdom

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