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NORTHERN ROCK
:: The Shallow Call :: Palmstruck ::
29 September 2006 / The Castle / Oldham
By Manuel Ecostos

If anything, tonight is a night of musical changes. PALMSTRUCK fill the stage with a variety of keyboards, synths, effects and various guitars and yet more effects. From the bands earlier days (ie. just last year) and their first outings of complex, indie pop and majestic arrangements, the bandís set is bigger, more adventurous and progressive. New songs expand their horizons and also add in elements of grit and pounding anthemic riffs. Palmstruck are constructing new landscapes that include the simplest of elements via the deep displays of piano and driving basslines and the cleverly layered build of cathedral like structures. This is one place and time where you could expect an opus on an epic scale thatís absolutely hummable. Oneís to watch.

Another band to keep your eye on are THE SHALLOW CALL. This is a band that ooze with rock and roll spirit, who not only look good but who have also fused their work into handy little grenades of three minute exciting explosions. Whilst thereís been a careful shuffle in their affairs to include the choppier thrust of guitar and the blinding flash of modern indie rock, The Shallow Call also have the vocal talents of Paul OíDriscoll, one part blues machine, one part Mick Jagger, referenced via the new wave archives and dripping in the sprit of rock. But itís no one man show. The superb interplay of guitars and bass are all underpinned with the eager verve of drums - the whole grinding, spiralling sound of battling fuzztones is a journey on a musical tightrope wound with an incredible intensity. And this is a band very much still with even more to offer.


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