The Finest Hour – These Are The Good Old Days (Album Review)
The Finest Hour due to release ‘The Good Old Days’ ten track compilation on October 1st is produced and mastered by Sam Carlton. The four-some make up some highly talented musicians from Grimsby and Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire.
They have clear influences of indie, punk, ska and folk music, touring all over the UK with Neville Staple, Chris Helme and The Yards, Mystery Jets, Orphan Boy and Zane Lowe. The band has been described by the BBC as “absolutely brilliant” and they are sure to be up and coming in the stakes of the world of un-manufactured bands.
Throughout the compilation there are vast choruses, extensive guitar segments and a background of drums clearly portraying all elements of classic indie music, with their own twist of each track and vocals over the well-produced instrumentals.
The band have so much enthusiasm, ambition and zest throughout, yet with effortless vocals and a sharp attention to bringing in the fire and excitement to each individual track.
‘Never Heard of Dylan’ is the first track on the compilation eagerly starting with a set of heavy guitars and drums, then steadily bringing in the vocals. The instrumentals repeat the same on the track throughout, with the longest track on the album being that of 6.08 minutes and worth every second of a listen.
‘Janey’ is the next track and arguably the most fun and vibrant one of all, with bouncy beats and charming words. Yet still keeping in with its influences of indie and punk, some would say a slight comparison to the artists; The Kooks.
‘Crooked Little Line’ has emotional, heart-warming words and a simple background of an acoustic guitar. Being the shortest track on the album this is one of those tracks that are sensitive, open and expressive showing a versatile side to The Finest Hour.
A preferred track on the compilation is ‘Control’ with substantial instrumentals, pelting out vocals and dense guitar portions. Ending sharpish indeed, this is a great track which will stick around in your mind.
The final track ‘Feel the Same’ has a slight resemblance to that of a Feeder song, with the sound of the vocals, repetitveness of the chorus and long winding instruments during.
There is a definite recurring feel throughout the compilation of playful, exultant vocals with guitars galore and speaking words of girls, their Northern hometown and personal experiences.
If you want to experience these guys first hand this year then they will be playing the following dates in September:
Saturday 1st September – Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe (with Deadbeat Echoes and Danny Mahon)
Thursday 6th September – Duke Of Cumberland, Cottingham, Hull
Thursday 13th September – Mucky Muldoons, Cleethorpes (acoustic set)
Friday 14th September – Spider’s Web, Grimsby
Saturday 29th September – Vintage Rock Bar, Doncaster
And you can check them out here: