Sunday, 15 March 2009

Heritage Centre – The City, The Tree and The Fox EP

The debut EP from Dublin’s Heritage Centre will have you pondering how they can make their vocals sound slurred yet also crisp and even. I still haven’t worked it out, but Heritage Centre manage it on You Are Something. It’s also a bumptious, joyous pop thing, full of the joys of spring and summer. It’s reminiscent of the American collegiate rock, the stuff with the West Coast wind in its hair. Then you get Death By Science bustling out the traps, pinging itself around the dancefloor. Losing Touch is a tad sluggish, but makes me think of Pavement with the rough edges planed off while Stars is far more boisterous than anything that’s come before, a ballsy rocker and a staggering wave of plume. Somehow I Feel Cheated is a languid Ben Kweller fronting Weezer and Your Leaders Are Dead is a slacker pop venting of all their frustrations and a mighty fine end to the EP. Heritage Centre turn this way and that throughout the EP, keeping you on your toes and for that we should applaud them.

The City, The Tree and The Fox EP is out now and available from the band's myspace

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