Tuesday 30 October 2012

The Dreaming Spires - Just Can't Keep This Feeling In

Single review by KevW

The Dreaming Spires initially appeared to be one of the surprise packages of 2012, coming from nowhere with a highly accomplished update of the psych-folk sounds born in the 1960s. Dig below the surface and perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised they've turned up with one of the debut albums of the year. As founders of Truck festival they know their onions as it were, plus some members served time in acclaimed bands Danny The Champions Of The World and Goldrush. It seemed only right that guys lucky enough to have jammed with members of Mercury Rev, The Band and The Jayhawks would be sitting on a clutch of decent tunes themselves.

As we approach the inevitable torrent of end of year lists, it's more than likely that the Oxford bunch will crop up in a fair few, and they deserve to. It's been a great year for the band and they're rounding it off in some style too, with a UK tour that should feel a little like a victory lap, and also the release of a new single from their acclaimed 'Brothers In Brooklyn' album. 'Just Can't Keep This Feeling In' is harmony-soaked "country shoegaze" that sounds like the celebration that it should be. We're looking at similar ground to Teenage Fanclub or Big Star in their prime, upbeat and melodic and doing nothing more than it should. It's both succinct and perfectly formed. If you live anywhere near the venues listed below we recommend grabbing some tickets and giving yourselves a great night out.

The Dreaming Spires' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

Nov 01 The Maze, Nottingham
Nov 02 Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
Nov 03 Ducie Bridge Pub, Manchester
Nov 04 The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Nov 05 Studios, Macclesfield
Nov 07 The Wilmington Arms, London
Nov 09 The Palmeira, Hove / Brighton
Nov 10 The Bullingdon Arms, Oxford
Nov 16 Esquires, Bedford

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