The NBT Review 9


The Return Of The Heise Bros. (III) – The Heise Bros. (CTL Records)


The first track is the kinda of song that you can imagine being played as the opening credits roll over some indie cult flick about betrayal and redemption. Instantly catchy and refreshingly rough, there is a sweetness in the harmonies counterpointing no thrills rock swing.


In these days of every voice heard being pumped up and polished technically and every song being produced to a crystal clean sheen, its some kind of wonderful to hear songs that roll about in the dirt, and gleefully invite ragged inspiring harmonies to sit a while, maybe even stay the night.


In ‘Satisfy’ for example, there is a sly swagger,a goofy insecurity that gets to the heart, a messy exuberance that seems born on stage and survives the studio.


But don’t think this is some red neck bar band, this is Alternative Country flirting with a Replacement soaked Punk down in the front car at the drive in.


The album has a sincerity that I have missed since playing my old DBs plastic to shreds.


Stand out moments: the the lurking menace of `Lemon`, and the near Psychedelica of `African Beauty’ a song stolen from the early 70s and brought twisting into the new century.


The show ends with a fragile ballad , slightly skewed and haunting, the ghosts in the song threatening to make a place in your home.


More to this recording than initially meets the ears it seems and a good thing too.


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The Emergency Lane – Dudley Saunders (Fang Records)


This is a scary beautiful dream, the images float past and disturb, the world is slow motion here the colours are bruised rubbing into each other, chalk in the rain on city streets, sometime just before the morning.


This is a haunting love story, the characters are wounded and bear the weight of Love in all its fierce brutality.


This is a collection of songs about the people behind locked doors, or hidden in crowds or just out of sight.

Dudley Saunders though sees it all, them all. The world, the flaws and the wonder.


A mix of subtle rock frenzy and cinematic orchestra, the faces the bodies, swoop past, the lyrics sink in the mind slow and sweet and the voice, Saunders not so secret weapon, hooks us so we cannot turn away.


A contender for one of the NBT albums of the year. This CD slow burns harsh comfort and strange desires.


It seems the second it is played, that, it has ALWAYS been there.


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Catch songs from both of these new releases on the NBT Podcast this Friday the 22nd August