domenica 13 giugno 2010

Amityville "Pacific Radio Fire EP"

Poteva (e doveva) essere un nuovo inizio. In realtà è stata quasi una fine. Il nuovo gruppo di Andrew Montgomery ci esalta con questo ep, che inizia a farci fantasticare sulle sue potenzialità, dal piano atmosferico della brima traccia alle chitarre brucianti del secondo episodio e al pop del terzo tutto con quella voce che conduce direttamente al paradiso. Ep che va immediatamente sold out. E poi? E poi tutto finisce dopo poco, ahimè...(2004 - Comedown Records)

Amityville is the latest project from former Geneva frontman Andrew Montgomery. His voice has matured and attained a much more rounded quality since those early days touring with The Catherine Wheel and recording the Libertine album. This new band is far more advanced in attitude and sound, as well.
The Pacific Radio Fire e.p. is three songs that each have a distinctly different sound, while obviously living under the same musical umbrella. Montgomery's writing has become far more complex and dark, which is a great gift to my ears. These songs have sprung from some sort of melancholy of the soul, a place where the best music is ultimately born. Montgomery seems to have left off writing quirky and brilliant pop songs, and turned instead to exploring some of the depths of darkness that the human soul hides.
"Shots In The Distance" is a brilliant and up-tempo track that nicely showcases the musical influence that bands like the aforementioned Catherine Wheel have had on Montgomery. Filled with thick guitars and groovy drum lines, e-bow feedback-heavy hooks, and the soaring vocals of Montgomery himself, this song is a truly nice introduction to the new project. "How You Been?" is much more downbeat, with plaintive piano lines and strangely echoed vocal lines. A bit of the young Montgomery peaks out here, with the vocals not quite being as strong as I'd like to hear, but the lyrical content more than strengthens the overall song. Closing out the e.p. is "Closer Now", a very Brit-pop/college rock song that at times takes me strolling down memory lane to the early 90's and the pantheon of music that was being made at that time. Amazing production and tight rhythm tracks really make this song shine.
I'm eager to hear more music from Amityville, as well as see them live. I've gotten it on fairly good authority that the shows these fellows play in the UK are well attended, and for good reason. If these songs translate as well as the old Geneva songs did on stage, then I think Amityville has a very bright future. (L. Keane -

This time last year all Amityville had under their belts were two gigs and a bunch of demos that drew comparisons to the then-rather-fashionable Aqualung. 2004 finds the band as an altogether different beast. Gone are the atmospheric piano songs (bar the best of the bunch, ‘How You Been?’, which appears as the middle track here), along with the pianist himself and one bassist. To fill the gap, guitarist Stuart Peck has been forced into turning up and rocking out, and boy has he risen to the challenge.
The other two-thirds of the EP are taken up with new songs, which, frankly, beat the pants off their older material. ‘Shots In The Distance’ is so confident with its steamroller-strength chorus and cascading drums that it almost makes one blush, while ‘Closer Now’’s inexplicable mixture of Neil Young and the purest of pure pop makes it a hot contender for the best song Big Star never wrote. And by god, Andrew Montgomery’s voice has never sounded more fragile and alluring than here, surrounded by the most perfect, perfect harmonies. If they carry on improving at this rate, the sky really is the limit. (Tom Edwards -

- Shots In The Distance
- How You Been?
- Closer Now


1 commento:

  1. Wonderful! I was looking for it like a madman when it came out but I could never find it. How the hell did you manage to get acopy of this one and don't you know about Andrew's next project St. Famous? They should be famous indeed. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
    A. M.