The Guilty Hands - Desire On A Short Leash
Thanks to slicethepie.com, London-based trio The Guilty Hands have had £15,000 to spend on their debut album, Desire On A Short Leash, and it definitely seems like money well spent. Drawing influences from just about every genre since the 80s, it leaves them with a dark, experimental sound with hints of Depeche Mode that thankfully retains enough of their own eclecticism and individuality. 'Razor' is by far the strongest track on the record, with a powerful melody and incredibly catchy chorus, closely followed by the acoustic and beautiful 'The Wilder Shores Of Love'. They're inconsistent however, and a lot of the time the lyrics leave a lot to be desired, especially in 'Meat'. Ignoring a definite dip towards album end, this is a finely crafted piece of indie-rock; ambitious for a debut album, but perhaps a bit too hit and miss overall.