ALBUM REVIEW – MORNING PARADE – DÉBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
ALBUM REVIEW – MORNING PARADE - DÉBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
Morning Parade are a five piece band from Harlow, Essex. It comprises Steve Sparrow, lead vocals and guitar, Phill Titus on bass, Chad Thomas, guitar, Ben Giddings, piano/synths and Andrew Hayes on drums.
The band released their debut self-titled album yesterday (5 March 2012) following previous singles ‘Under the Stars’ and ‘Us And Ourselves’ taken from the LP. Under the Stars was featured in an episode of ‘Vampire Diaries’ and Radio 1, Absolute Radio and Q Radio have all play-listed their singles.
I found the album to be an enjoyable listen, to me I would liken their sound to the Delays, Ash and a bit of Charlie Simpson. The band cite their references as including Elbow and Radiohead.
Their sound is melodic rock – in the middle of the genre – neither pop or hard.
My personal favourite track on the album is called ‘Running Down the Aisle’ it’s a very melancholy number about keeping up appearances whilst all around you things appear to be going wrong, Steve sings ‘keep the champagne flowing’ as he sings about his loss.
There is a little of a dance theme in the album which is more evident on track 6 ‘Under the Stars’ which is the one that seems to be their most popular track from the album – perhaps we shall see their next project go in a stronger direction towards synth sounds.
There is also some GREAT guitar work on this album with track 7 ‘Close to Your Heart’ showing this off the most.
‘Half Litre Bottle’ is also another stand-out track for me – a very cute track of a slower kilt around the subject of ‘angels’ – really nice vocals on this one too.
Overall I’d place the album at a 7/10 mark – at time it does feel like a debut record – like their song could be developed and taken to that next ‘bigger’ level a bit more – but on the flip side there is a nice ‘home grown’ feel to the album which suggests a start of a much bigger career for the boys.
The band are actually playing a live show tonight in London so if you are off to see them then enjoy!