Gledhill - Constellations
Far from the pop-rock of bands like Arctic Monkeys and Little Man Tate comes another band to emerge from the steel city. Being a Sheffielder myself I’ve heard of Gledhill quietly coming up the rear in the popularity stakes so much so that they got signed with little fan-fare and have now recorded a major milestone in their debut album Constellations.
Initially picked up by the stunning Fierce Panda label, who helped the band to be spotted by Oasis producer Owen Morris who rather impressively drove 6 hours to see the band play a small turn in Sheffield, impressed with what he heard, he offered to produce this album, thus planting the album somewhere in the Peak District national park in terms of musical influence. Here’s a brief outline of the standout tracks;
The opening and title track to the album is a great opener to the album, with My Life Story style increases of pitch in the background and a great opening riff which carries on into the rest of the track. Which makes the next track, Remain quite a departure, as it goes into a New Order/Joy Division croon of melancholy.
Roots is a song that anyone who has been away from home a long time can relate to, as it deals with the usually great feeling you sense when you roll into your hometown station, and the memories stirred up when you know that you’re home.
The next track, Electricity sounds like a cross between recent Idlewild and a Pink Floydianesque with its moroseness but at the same time stunning rhythm in the background.
The final track is said to be the track which depicts where the band are going, although personally unless they’re taking it in the same direction as this album is I can’t see an obvious departure from the tracks proceeding it. However, that is no bad thing.
Gledhill’s debut is a cracking little record, however I don’t quite think they’ll reach the dizzy heights of the recent Sheffield starlets Arctic Monkeys or even have the potential of Little Man Tate mainly because I’m mystified as to where their dedicated-can’t-take-any-abuse-about-their-record-die-hard-fans will come from, if at all.