The new EP from Oxford’s Secret Rivals arrives at the start of the new year. Break Song summons up the Wedding Present’s flailing guitars, yelped backing vocals and at times sounds like a frenzied version of Lost In The Supermarket by The Clash. On Afraid Of The Dark, there’s a touch of Eddie Argos to his vocals. Its a tinny indie racket, fun, rather anaemic, but something akin to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. For the last track We’re Not Leaving there are more spindly guitars and another brief tune. It has a lovely melody, but maybe they need more tricks up their sleeves. However when it comes to indie pop bands, such as the Wedding Present, maybe familiarity breeds love.
What Fists Are For is out now and available from the band's myspace