The Twang

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 July, 2007, 12:00am

The Twang

Love it When I Feel Like This


The Twang is a Birmingham five-piece who sound intent on reviving the baggy trouser sound of the late 1980s and early 90s. Their influences - the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and the Charlatans - are evident from the first riff to the last.

The hit single Wide Awake, raucous opening track Ice Cream Sundae and clap-happy rouser The Neighbour - on which singer Phil Etheridge does an apparent Ray Davies impersonation - represent a decent enough homage to the Madchester era, but there's no Fool's Gold here. Unlike such freewheeling acts as the Coral and the Music, who share similar musical roots, the Twang have little invention to bring to the party and create a sound of their own.

Etheridge offers plenty of vocal swagger in the expletive-strewn Shaun Ryder mould as he sings about life in Britain today - the rather predictable drugs, drink and fighting - although on the sentimental Either Way he bears more resemblance to fellow Brummie Mike Skinner, aka the Streets, only without the guile.

On baggy dance tracks such as Loosely Dancing the Twang threaten to find their feet, but too often they end up petering off into mediocrity and following it up with dreary numbers such as Reap What You Sow and Two Lovers.

Perhaps, like the Charlatans, the Twang will improve with each album - even though it's more likely the record company will bin them before they get the chance to make another.