|Charlie Indestructible - 'This City Needs a Hero' (Self Released)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Monday, 07 January 2013 04:00|
"We'll give the audience every bit of blood, sweat and energy we have, and then we'll give some more" - so goes the mantra from the Charlie Indestructible camp. The band have decided to embrace the music industry's renaissance and give this album away as a free download, detonated outta their home town of Luton with influences ranging from Funeral for a Friend, Young Guns and My Chemical Romance, amongst others.
Things kick in with 'The World At Our Feet' with maybe more than a passing musical resemblance to the aforementioned Young Guns, but then again the music scene is currently totally overrun with this type of artist at the moment, but it's a half decent opening all the same. First single, the rather quaintly titled 'I'm The Fuckin' Guv'nor', offers plenty but unfortunately falls short of the expected musical mark. 'The Stalker And The King' has some interesting ideas but lacks that essential hook, and tunes like 'I'm Back Billy And I Want You', 'The Situation's In Flames' and 'Sense of Time' all blend negatively into each other with a distinct lack of quality harmonies, melodies and commercial hooks, but, more positively, this band can write decent songs and maybe can knock the fuck out of a live performance, who knows?
'The Sun Goes Down' and 'Set Sail Tonight' find my concentration level for this group now almost gone; it's obviously one long riff, one long vocal performance, blah blah blah.....there is some kinda half way there chanting backing vocals on most of the tracks and they do, in all honesty, vaguely compensate for the remainder of the tunes on offer. 'My Sweet Revenge' and 'Thrown Into The Fire' round the album off and, if this band want to progress to the next level, quite possibly they need outside assistance on the songwriting front.
Charlie Indestructible: This band needs a tune.