October Drift write noise-rock of the doomy, monochrome, brooding in the rain variety.
The four piece are not short on things to recommend them. Singer Kiran Roy picks up somewhere between Ian Curtis and White Lies’ Harry McVeigh. His impassioned barritone underlines and makes believable the gothic lyricisms that would render many band a pastiche. The playing is persistently energetic – precise drumming, chugging bass – and guitars that add texture rather than set the pace. Theirs is a bottom heavy sound, perfectly counterposed to the booming voice of their singer.
‘All Broken Down’ is their best song yet. With the noise-rock elements parred down, a doomed earworm is allowed to emerge. Chiming guitars evoke New Order’s ‘Ceremony’, whilst the refrain is more cathartic than anthemic. The band have said the song is inspired by trying to catch some sleep at Bristol’s Temple Meads at 4AM – fantastic kindling for goth pop. Although as stations go, Temple Meads is okay. Warrington Bank – now that’s really slumming it.
We cottoned on to October Drift when they supported Mona last year. There’s nobody quite like them on the scene at the moment and with ‘All Broken Down’ – a paean to being washed up and washed out – they have another fantastic single.
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