Thomas Tantrum - Mad By Moonlight
Regular readers may have noticed we have a lot of time for female-fronted indie-pop bands. From The School and Lucky Soul to 6 Day Riot and Au Revoir Simone, the TMF light of favour has often shone across those bands that combine the indie sensibility with smooth feminine vocals. So, it's already looking good for the Southampton quartet Thomas Tantrum. On paper they tick all the boxes - Megan Thomas provides the necessary vocal softness, adding both quirky and dreamy edges where appropriate, and the band provide all of the musical backing required. However, the real test is in the music and if we were to be critical, we could complain that there isn't anything here that hasn't tickled our ear canals before. However who needs to push the boundaries when you can put together twelve tracks as consistently catchy and enjoyable as these? This is a band who have taken massive strides in confidence from their earlier albums with a more grown up and mature sound, but they haven't felt the need to be edgy for the sake of it. Current single, 'Hot Hot Summer', is as good an example of this Thomas Tantrum's output; its melodic tune and chorus grasp the listener with soft fluffy hands and it's this gentle embrace that carries us through. No prizes for originality, but in terms of providing 40 minutes of pure, clean, joyful sounds, Mad By Moonlight excels.