Hailing from Leicester, UK, Indra's Net is a four-piece band comprised of Alex Scurlock, Ed Llewellin, William Reade and Luke Ingram. The band released a short self-titled EP Indra’s Net that hints at greater things to come. The music is a mix of garage rock and art rock that brings to mind bands like The Strokes and Television. They aren’t doing much that is particularly innovative but for the style of music they play they are off to a very good start. The songs are catchy, the vocalist has an attractive voice and the band plays off each other very well. Nothing seems forced here. None of the members seem to overpower the other. They are able to make the music breathe and know when to push and pull back.
The band kicks off the EP with “Summer Rain,” which plays into the band’s strengths. One of the first things I noticed was the guitars. The band decided to leave the guitars clean for the beginning of the song leaving a lot of space open for the bass and vocals. They lace the guitars with reverb but don’t go overboard. The bass line reminded me of something I would have heard from Interpol about half way through. Really nice work there.
They decide to pour on a bit more distortion on the second track “I’ll Be Leaving.” The chorus on this song is addictive. The vocalist sings, “I’ve got to get way there’s no two ways about it, I can’t stay here anymore.”
They go three for three with “Vacant.” The vocalist puts some distortion on his voice here, which sounds good. That Strokes comparison I mentioned earlier is most apparent here - just imagine less distortion. Either way the song is still pretty good although perhaps the least original sounding of the three.
Indra's Net is off to a promising start. This is a bit of a case of wait and see but the three songs here indicate good things to come. The one thing I would say is that they may want to find an element that clearly defines their sound.
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