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Merc Sounds - The Spitfires - A Thousand Times Review
Watford four piece The Spitfires follow up last years remarkable debut album "Response" with the eagerly anticipated "A Thousand Times" released on Catch 22 records.
From the first play it's clear to see that while this is unmistakably a Spitfires record, this is very much a progressive album from a band who don't rest on past glories, but in true "Modernist" style strive to keep pushing things forward.
Effortlessly mixing their influences whilst putting the Spitfire trademark stamp all over it , Frontman Billy Sullivan and the lads (Sam Long - Bass, Matt Johnson - Drums and Chris Channell - Keys) have in "A Thousand Times" further underlined their reputation as one of this country's most exciting and important young acts.
From the driving guitars that complement the Keys on tracks like "So Long", "On My Mind" or the title track "A Thousand Times" the band are able to slow it down effortlessly yet still draw the listener in on tracks such as "Open Your Eyes" or "Return to Me" complete with string accompaniments. A Horn section even joins "I Don't Even Know Myself". This is an album where the band are pulling out all the stops.
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you, by questioning their way, you got to get your shit together, and keep struggling day to day" screams Billy in "Day to Day" an almost funk driven track that yet again reinforces the bands versatility and their reputation as a live act , a hands in the air chorus that begs to be sung out loud. "A Better Life" aptly closes the album - building up from its acoustic openings to explode into action.
This is quite simply an album that showcases young British talent at its very best. Big riffs, sing a long choruses, strong harmonies, slick musicianship and intelligent lyrics. It's hard to pick out a standout track as each one is worthy of a mention in its own right.
In a world of manufactured pop groups , reality stars and instant celebrity - The Spitfires provide a much needed dose of talent, hard work , honesty and hunger. A "must have" from a "must see" live band.