ON THE evidence of Persistence In This Game, Straight Lines will need persistence in this game. Because for all the vitriol and vigour of their rock, their debut LP is undeniably immature. The building blocks are there, for sure, and the fact that although this is a label release it was recorded as an unsigned band is commendable. But although it's easy to draw parallels between Straight Lines' sound and other bands, they always fall a little short - The Automatic have catchier hooks, Lostprophets are far more polished, Billy Talent's sound is bigger, and Fighting With Wire brim with more angst. That said, if the Welsh group have the tenacity to match the promise then when they finally get in a studio, the results will be well worth forming a queue for.
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