This City - We Were Like Sharks
It is hard to fault Brighton’s This City for enthusiasm; We Were Like Sharks gambols and frolics like an excitable puppy dog that can’t decide whether to hump your leg or bite off your toes. This City may be marketing themselves as a post-hardcore outfit but they clearly know the value of a danceable beat and a freshly baited hook. They display an indelible pop soul and have managed to pull a batch of juicy worms out of their knapsack which are sure to net a healthy catch of moody teens.
There is an element of schizophrenia to the approach however and you are left scratching your head as to whether you are dealing with the next At The Drive In or Sum41: the answer being, of course, neither. You just can’t have your cake and eat it in this game and they’ll ultimately find this recipe flawed, being too pop for the metalheads and too metal for the T4 brigade.
As debuts go however this is carried over the finish line by its irrepressible energy and sense of fun. ‘Black and Blue’ with its racing rhythm and Cedric Bixler like delivery is a moment of genuine quality which promises much for the future if they can just sort their identity crisis.