Song: Candy Darling – “Going Straight”
Song: “Going Straight”
Band: Candy Darling
Location: Bristol UK
Date of Release: 24/5/15
Genre: Indie Psych
Reviewer: El Stondo Gigantor
For Fans Of: Super Squarecloud, Tame Impala
Why They Aren’t Famous: Why isn’t Pub mash famous?
It’s about 7pm on a mildly cold winter’s day, and I’m sitting here nestled beneath my blankets listening to the ‘Psychedelic Post-Punk’ band, Candy Darling.
The Bristol three-piece’s new release ‘Going Straight’ was similar to that of a Florence Welch fronted Tame Impala cover band. The best way to describe it would be comparing it to pub mash potatoes. Bland, but oh I like pub mash. There is really nothing else to say about the techniques, or any other ways to describe it.
The saving grace had to have been the slight pitch bend scattered in the verses slow ascending guitar solo. Props for that. The drums suit it because it sounds as though the drummer is only using one arm (possibly indulging in pizza with the other).
The band has wholeheartedly mastered the technique known as repetition. Their lyrics consist of:
1. Dancing to despised songs. (Much like any good lyricist would write about)
2. Oceans to drown in. (Probably how the rest of the band feel after being mentioned in the credits)
3. Crucifix to hold. (Take from that what you will…)
Nearing the second quarter of the song, things start to change up a little; the bass-line starts to complement the drums, the guitar fades back in and things essentially start rolling. For about seven seconds I was getting excited. However, the tension and excitement dissipated once the vocals make a comeback. The build-up needed to have a climax, so I was disappointed when I discovered that that was actually only meant to be the bridge. But alas, it was the only thing giving it just that little bit more of character (it was also the only reason I didn’t turn it off). To be honest, it just seems a little too late.
As the conclusion, this song will be ‘Going Straight’ into my do-not-listen-to-ever-again-unless-you-get-paid category. Sure, if they were to put a tremolo on the bass and a wah-wah pedal on the guitar it would liven it up to an extent. But they haven’t, and I doubt they ever will. Here’s hoping that their next release will have some substance.
Overall IPHYB Rating: 5/10
Personal Enjoyment: 3/10
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