Fear of Men: Ritual Confession
The most grating part of hearing major music publications proclaiming the “rebirth of guitar music” amongst a cover shot of The Vaccines or Brother is that, right under their noses, guitar music is thriving and always has been. Sure, brit-pop or lad-rock might be recouping its scattered limbs but over the past couple of years we’ve been seeing the likes of Veronica Falls, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and now, Brighton’s Fear of Men, exploring a C86-stamped sound of old. ‘Ritual Confession’ is a certified breakthrough song for the latter of the three, following the equally charming ‘Phantom Limb’ with some irresistible trebled guitars and sugar-sweet vocals. [JM]
Part of a 7” out soon with Italian Beach Babes
Yesss totally lovely. It always feels like a genre homecoming when UK bands do jangle so well. It’s a bleeding heart affair, with enough powering pop hooks to break the modern tedium of grey-area indie. And how many other songs do you know with Sartre quotes in the chorus? They’re also on Tumblr & Soundcloud.