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No Devotion, Permanence (Collect Records)
CD Reviews: October 29, 2015

10/29/15



 Pretty icky backstory on this Welsh indie-rock band, who, when they were Lostprophets, lost their frontman to a child-abuse prison sentence. Thus they’re a comeback story that couldn’t have happened until this millennium, when, despite their deep embarrassment, they do deserve a comeback shot, and a lot of high-powered media types are more than willing to hand one over, particularly given this timely mix of sounds. Album opener “Break” has you thinking trap at first, but new singer Geoff Rickly (ex-Thursday) warbles his way into the mix, making perfect sense by gloom-checking Depeche Mode. And then, well, then it goes sort of Klaxons. All of that may look suspicious, but it does fit with a band who counts DJ Shadow as one of its inspirations: it’s sloppy but captivating. Of course, being the lead-off song, that tune’s looking for cred more than arena-indie workability, which immediately follows with “Permanent Sunlight” and its blinding flashes of shoegaze-face-washing and early U2 guitar-warmongering. “Eyeshadow” is pretty cool, too, like something from the first Cult album. A bit unfocused, but a very strong debut.






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