The Trade - Lie In The Dark

Scotland's The Trade bring us a truly impressive album, Lie In The Dark, full of all the angst and the attitude of 70's hard rock mixed with the edgy melodies of noughties indie-pop. Starting off with the excellent 'Fight Club' the songs jump out at you with an arrogance and swagger of a band who know what they're doing. 'The Dealer' and the furious 'Middleman' keep the energy going with their pounding drums and chiming guitars and then the tempo eases a bit with the softly spoken '20' and the gorgeous 'Gun In My Hand'. 'Beg Borrow And Steal' and the bitter lament of 'Let It All Out' close the album with a wonderful understated energy that makes them all the more powerful.

This is a mighty impressive debut. Here's hoping we hear a lot more from this exciting new band.



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