With critical praise like ‘one of the most promising bands in the country’ and songs that harken ‘iconic British songs from the ’60 era’ I was eager to listen to the up and coming, three-piece UK band The Gallerys. Hailing from their home town in Kent, the trio have a fresh take on the alternative, mixing sounds from ‘60s rock, Britpop and new wave. And with already over 200 gigs performed, playing with such acts as Madness, The Sherlocks and The Isle of Wight Festival, these lads are well on their way.
The latest EP release Lucid Trail was recorded at Square Head Studios in Sittingbourne, Kent. The short collection of songs includes themes about overcoming anxiety, growing up in less-than-perfect circumstances, difficulties of making money as a young person and going after creative ambitions – stories we can all relate to I’m sure. Members are: James Wood on guitar, Craig Barden on bass and Dan Maggs on drums.
“Lucid Trail” begins right away with a sweet-sounding melody, dreamy and acoustic pop and great vocal harmony. It was a definite pleasure to listen to and if you’re familiar with The Hollies, you may hear some echoes of them. “Shadow Street” features ‘60s influences for sure with its “la la la” vocal melodies but also, the thrashing drum beat in between the quieter parts show the punk-indie side of the band. “Steady Beat” is the trio’s hardest rocking song with flavors of new wave and punk influence, reminiscent of The Buzzcocks and The Knack.
The ending “Silver Lining” is another shining example of The Gallerys’ gorgeous vocal harmonies. This song was perhaps the band’s best take on how they mix old and new sounds and come out with something completely fresh and all their own. After just four songs, it wasn’t hard for me to tell that this UK trio are gaining ground in their home country and in the virtual world of the Internet. I wish them well and look forward to hearing more soon.
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