With their high quality and energetic live shows, Sidewinder are regarded as one of the finer Hull bands.
Looking as comfortable playing to a packed house at the Kingston Communications Stadium as they do
playing in the local pub, Sidewinder have demonstrated their ability to capture the
imagination of a given audience.
Heading to London to record this five-track demo, they attempt to build on the promise of the live
appearances in the studio environment.
All five tracks display interesting facets of the band and the songs that are initially the
catchiest paradoxically reveal themselves to be the least interesting.
Opening track Big Parade showcases the bands influences keenly.
Drawing on the classic English style of bands such as The Kinks, The Small Faces and
The Who, Big Parade is propelled by its sparky guitar riff before leading into its sing along chorus.
Holy Roller follows in a similar vein but this time it's catchiness derives from the rhythm
section of the band as they propel the song along.
What's evident is that one of the strengths of the band is their ability to create vocal harmonies.
The harmonies have that great rough and ready feel that all the great bands enjoy, though a little
more imagination and variety in the arrangements wouldn't go amiss.
The band sound much more vibrant when the vocals are unforced.
On occasion the vocals strain to affect a style similar to Kelly Jones or Liam Gallagher
and it doesn't really convince.
Living Is Easy sees the band step over the fine line they have been negotiating in the first two songs.
Although the band enjoys an unashamedly retro 1960s sound, Living Is Easy sounds more of a
parody of the bands influences.
Although it's an infectious pop number that you'll hum instantly, it's too derivative
of the mod sound of The Small Faces in particular to be taken seriously.
Spent Time is in a different class to the previous tracks.
Its stop/start rhythm, chiming lead guitar and close vocal harmonies are reminiscent of the
great soul and rhythm 'n' blues covers that found their way onto The Beatles early albums.
The Beatles were taking these records and stamping their own distinctive brand of beat
music onto them to pioneer a new sound.
Sidewinder are following this example and by adding a distinctly modern guitar sound
to the mix, they start to shape an individual sound of their own for the first time on the CD.
All In Your Mind continues in this vain and sees Sidewinder move away from the
more easily identifiable sound of the opening tracks.
Closing track All In Your Mind sees the band move towards a heavier, rockier sound
and has shades of Oasis and The Who, but also the great driving rhythm that is
a Sidewinder trademark.
How good Sidewinder want to be is up to them.
It is certainly evident that Sidewinder are capable of crafting catchy, interesting material
and are one of the more accomplished bands on the local circuit.
Whether they can make the leap out of the local circuit and onto the national stage,
the jury is still out.
Sidewinder could take the easier route of being a good-time pub band playing catchy,
albeit a little boring and predictable, pop songs or alternatively they could really
stretch themselves and explore the potential displayed on the CD's later tracks.
Hopefully it will be the later because with a little more focus and imagination,
they could become an accomplished band worthy of more attention and praise.
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