The Draymin - Should've Known Better

Gearing themselves up for an appearance at this year's Rockness, Rosyth's The Draymin have delivered a debut that should pull in anyone looking to kill some time between main stage acts. Plugging away since 2005, they've clearly spent time honing themselves into a pretty sophisticated outfit, with Should've Known Better positively stuffed with indie club anthems - albeit with an eye on much bigger stages.

Fraser Penman's voice sits somewhere between the rasp of Kelly Jones and Richard Ashcroft, easily carrying his bandmates' stadium-filling backing. Cal Nichol's keys and synths add a dance edge; there are moments when you think 'This is kinda what Pendulum would sound like if they were less hard rock' but they never quite let themselves drift off into wilder Kasabian-style experimentation. The likes of 'Hold Your Position' and 'Heart Attack' should find a welcome among a certain demographic and while many have tried this kind of sometime dance-flecked guitar rock, very few have succeeded in persuading the public to embrace the form. 15 tracks is too many for a debut (and there's a notable mid-album slowdown) but The Draymin have a clutch of songs that deserve to be heard; it remains to be seen if the world wants to listen.

Overall

6

out of 10

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