The Others

The Others are yet to prove their musicality in the form of the full LP. Singles such as Stan Bowles, This is for the Poor and Lackey has been well received but lacked the airplay for them to reach the heights of precursors, Libertines.

The album as a whole, however, is indeed a good assortment of cleverly crafted, well written punky wonder, and although some singles reached the top 50, Stan Bowles and This is for the Poor, other tracks border on being punk pop enough to keep this album afloat, such as tracks How I Nearly Lost You, William and Psychovision.

Stylistically, The Others are no one else but who they are. Modern guitar slashings, melodic turnabouts, rugged drumming and Dominic Masters’ pronounced wails, The Others have a sound akin to their contemporaries whilst having a distinct style. However, with their guerilla gigs, cries for the underdog, wild live shows and slight manic behaviour, The Others embody a spirit of the punks of yore -- the feeling being that there is something enduring in their presence.

And fortunately, this album lacks a contrived commerciality that frustrates cynics and is a great first album that keeps their established integrity intact and doesn’t kiss too much arse. The Others have a succinct style, energy in droves, and the loyalty amongst their fans to see their album become regarded as important during a burgeoning epoch of music.



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