Bristol band, Centrefolds announce their arrival with an EP of Indie dance and punk, that collectivises an Indie sound from its roots to the noughties, but ultimately failing to represent anything new.
The self-titled track of the EP ‘Fashion’ opens with a space induced synth vamb changing to a clever inverted bass to that of Television’s classic ‘Marquee Moon’, which alternates to a floating synth chorus in the style of Friendly Fires.
Fronted by Tom Corneill and Phil Smith, Centrefolds have already appeared at Glastonbury Festival, breaking new grounds by featuring on Radio 6 music’s ‘best of’ mixtape, with good reviews to put beside this bands growing acclaim, their music described by Absolute radio’s Pete Donaldson as having “More hooks than Abu Hamza in velcro,” a sound with “swagger, verve, the complete package.”
The pic of songs on the EP would be ‘Fresh Air’, displaying a clever bass hook in the punky style of early Talking Heads, which explodes into the chorus.
Whilst the band deliver a versatility and musical understanding of each other, their music for me is not ground-breaking enough, combining much of the assortment of Indie bands to burst onto the scene at the turn of the century, Hard-Fi, The Twang, Kaiser Chiefs come to mind, interlinking with dance bands such as Two Door Cinema club and Bloc Party. We have heard all this before.
If this band had emerged 10 years earlier, I would have found the sound appealing and fitting to the contemporary radio friendly Indie scene at that time, but for me this EP falls short of the mark in terms of individuality and freshness.