Saturday, September 06, 2008

Pope music


NAMED after the world's only female pontiff, who reigned for less than three years back in the 850s, Brighton-based band Pope Joan may be around for a bit longer than that on this showing.
The angular avant-pop band's new mini-album, the eight-track Hot Water, Lines And Rickety Machines, showcases a band warming up nicely.
With the likes of The Futureheads and Pigeon Detectives as obvious reference points, the group's cheese-grater guitar work and artrock vocals spliced with keyboard stabs bash out a collection of above average indie finishing with a really annoying hidden track of feedback noise.
Obviously here the up-and-coming band are still a little rough around the edges, but overall Pope Joan's Hot Water, Lines And Rickety Machines is no papal bull.

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