Naming a band ‘ME’ makes it incredibly difficult to carry out some background research; with Google asking ‘did you mean?’ enough times to force me into launching my laptop out the window, and then drive over it. However, to coincide with the Australian bands current UK tour with Arcane Roots and Canterbury, ME release ‘Insert Voice Here’ as a free download. Taken from their EP ‘Another Story High’, the track, which could easily fit within an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, provides enough dramatic riffs, pauses and drama to pull your face into spasm. Echoes of Queen, Rufus Wainwright and The Scissor Sisters can be found in its cabaret soaked dulcet tones.
Those of you who enjoy a musical in the West End, jazz hands and Liza Minnelli will enjoy this. Those who don’t may want to rip themselves a new one. To be fair, it is well written pop with enough catchiness provoke interest; and daring vocals from Luke Ferris invoke nuanced comparables to that of Brandon Flowers and even Freddie Mercury himself. Yet for me, it’s too outrageously Lloyd Webber to be taken seriously outside of the London Palladium.
Having spent the last 3 months supporting King Charles, The Xcerts, and Twin Atlantic throughout the UK, the band started their own tour beginning at The Social in London earlier in the month. They’ll tour England throughout the month with support from the aforementioned Arcane Roots and Canterbury, returning back to London, playing at Barfly before an appearance at Y-Not Festival in early August.