ALBANY -‘Smoke N’ Mirrors’

(Self-released)

Albany Single Cover

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by ELOISE FOY

Having ridden on the crest of a wave for much of the 2000’s – with talented collectives such as the Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and The Libertines all making a huge impact on the UK music scene – the 2010’s will not be looked back on fondly by lovers of British indie-rock, as its popularity nosedived, and fresh ideas were not forthcoming.

However, with the decade now drawing to a close, the genre is showing signs of making a miraculous recovery, and Albany are one of the bands who are pushing themselves to the forefront of this charge.

Smoke N’ Mirrors‘ is the latest single from the rising Lincoln quartet, and sees them craft an anthemic, toe-tapping sound that is full of chunky guitar riffs and basslines, as well as pulsating drum beats, and is drawn from a diverse range of musical influences, including the Foals, Nirvana, Green Day, and the Kings Of Leon.

This is coupled with lyrical content that is honest, relatable, and straight to the point, delivered by the powerful vocals of frontman Matt Duke, which is an effective combination of the singing styles of Alex Turner and Billie Joe Armstrong.

Smoke N’ Mirrors‘ is a track that is an enjoyable, uncomplicated listen, has a real melodic, sing-along quality to it, and showcases an outfit who, along with a host of other fledgling bands, are, slowly but surely, taking UK indie-rock back to its glory days.

(3/5)

FOR FURTHER INFO ON ALBANY, CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND HERE.

 

 

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