Towns – Get By | Album Review

When: 02/06/2014
Where: Howling Owl Records
Like/Love: LOVE
It’s not been the best of careers so far for Towns. Having been lauded as the next big thing by NME from a couple of demos to former booking agents stealing all of their money, the four piece have already experienced the highs and lows of the music industry. Not really very nice at all, but the guys look to bounce back and finally get their career going with the release of debut album Get By. You might have seen that the band gave away track Too Tired as a free download, or you would’ve done if you liked us on Facebook.
Towns’ psychedelic rock sound introduces itself with opening track Get Me There as it packs it with walls upon walls of guitar riffs which pound into the eardrums. The band do a great job of holding back on the heaviness to allow the catchy bass and drums to create a rhythm that could have you swaying just as smoothly as the music sounds. Vocal hooks are also added to keep things a little more high spirited, and overall it’s just a great, enjoyable start to the album.
Following track Marbles sounds like something the mid-00’s could have produced in it’s heyday. It’s heavy guitar riffs and extremely breathy vocals sounds like something Feeder could have come out with, had they remained a good band of course. It’s sunny instrumentation makes for some feel good listening, and once it delivers some awesome basslines, guitar solos and drum flurries it does cut in nicely to Trip Over. This song relies on the bass to deliver the grooves, and good lord almighty does it deliver the grooves. The bassline on this track seeps through into the hips, and once the guitars take control it’s practically smooth sailing from here on out.
Get By does not hold up on the heavy hitters as tracks such as Young At Heart deliver some of the best riffs on the record. Towns do a great job of keeping things explosive and unpredictable throughout their debut, and it makes it even easier to keep returning back to it. There’s also a touch of laid back thrown in too, as the psychedelica takes it easy and delivers tracks like Mirror Ghost which is one of the standout tracks here.
Towns have easily set their career on the right path with the release of Get By. This debut album showcases the band’s talent in creating psychedelic rock that isn’t necessarily a clone of the likes of The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala and other modern day acts. There’s a mix of punk rock and indie thrown in throughout the record too, which especially helps the eight minute epic Everyone’s Out to really cap off what has been a thoroughly excellent album. Get By is out today via Howling Owl Records. For more music reviews, free downloads and goddamn. Goddamn. Check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.


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