Friday, 11 May 2012

REVIEW: Doyle And The Fourfathers - Olympics Critical EP

When it comes to the future of indie guitar music, Southampton's Doyle And The Fourfathers are without a doubt one of the UK's brightest hopes. Their first full length album 'Man Made' provided one of the finest debuts in recent years, and over a year later the band return with a four track EP that builds on their sound and confirms that this is a band capable of becoming legendary.

Opening track 'Welcome To Austerity' sees a more upbeat energy than previously present in the band's work, powered by a sprinting rhythm, urgent synths and brilliantly executed topical lyrics. Addressing the state of the country's economy and giving a scathing criticism to the Governments that have mishandled the dire situation. While slating the fat cats who have "been urinating on our shoes" this superb and intelligent indie pop gem also sees Doyle mourning the gradual loss of many things that made this country great. A perfect snapshot of the times, it's also executed in a way that won't make it seem dated in years to come. 

'L'enfant Terrible' matches a smart and irresistible verse with an enjoyable tantrum of a chorus while 'Fingerprints' uses a charming melody and some lovely intricate guitar work to deliver a portrait of the lack of social guilt in the modern age, particularly when it comes to ethical trading. The EP is rounded off by perhaps the most anthemic moment here, an excellent track called 'Pay Attention To Your Public' which continues the EP's inspiring political stance. As a steady rhythm holds the thing together and more delicious synths bubble under the music, the lyrics warn the government that people are dangerous. After all there's more of us than them, and while the system fails to listen to and respect its people, then there will always be a danger of last year's riots reoccurring. Doyle And The Fourfathers continue to grow and grow musically with each release, and this one displays an expansion in scope and confidence. A refreshing and superbly executed dose of social and political commentary, put to some wonderful music. 8.8

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