Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quick Hitters:: The Februarys

Whenever I post something on a band like The February's and their debut album We'll Find Our Own Way Home, I find it hard to resist the urge to include some disclaimer like "now this album is a little more radio-friendly/ready than those we normally cover". But really, that likely says more about this whole music blogging thing than it does about any band or record I apply it to. And really, if we're trying to cement our rep as the Canadian music blog, and we can't find find some space for a young, up & coming band from the hard-working hamlet of Langley, BC, than what good are we.

As an aside I should likely mention that I know nothing about Langley, BC, but based on the polished sound this young foursome is un-veiling on their debut long-player, I have to assume they've been putting in some heavy work. Producers Aaron Nordean and Shawn Penner (Hot Hot Heat, Matthew Good) likely had a hand in that, but I also know the band has played Halifax at least once, and we're not exactly stop one on the buzz-band tour itinerary, so I'll also give them credit for getting out and earning their road creds early.

I know it's a rather cliche thing to say, but it is true: The Februarys do what they do, and they do it well. This foursome is certainly at their best when they crank up the guitars and let the catchy hooks flow. Songs like Time Is Never On Your Side, In Your Hands, and Somebody Like Me are where the band finds its stride, and moments of Simple Plan-ish melodrama like Rock & Roll's Enemy and Part 4 only serve to damper any momentum the album is able to build. That's not to say that they can't slow things down at all, as the the earnest, slow-dance of My Weary Hand seems to work quite nicely.

So whilst they might not be suitable for the most indie of palettes, The Februarys certainly have a shot at airplay from a number of sources when their album drops next month, and I don't think that's a bad thing.

MP3:: The Februarys - In Your Hands

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