Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Subways

In which we prove that a year is a long time, yet not a very long time at all. It's been a full 12 months since Billy, Josh and Mary-Charlotte were last here. It's almost THREE YEARS since debut album "Young For Eternity" came out. Yet that has still been too short a time to write any new songs, apparently. What we get today is basically the same set as last year, rejigged.

And yet something is different. Following Enter Shikari should be a tough gig, but The Subways don't seem fazed by it at all. The Lunn brothers are both bare-torsoed, whilst the future Mrs Lunn sports a sharp new haircut and a shiny silver dress that combine to make her look like a sexy stormtrooper. Their set is powerful and punchy, where last year's was flacid and overwrought. Working with Butch Vig has not only beefed up the new tracks, "California" and "Shake Shake", it has given new impetus to songs such as "Rock And Roll Queen" and "Oh Yeah". If this is a taster of things to come, the future for the Subways looks as bright as Mary-Charlotte's dress.


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