Mancini - Up Country
When a band is decribed as a mix between the throaty, catchy vocals of Garbage and the trancy Sneaker Pimps, the result should be something worth checking out. Duo, Mancini, thankfully don't disappoint but the jury is still out as to whether they can step up to the next level.
Iraina Mancini provides the vocals which have a softer edge than Garbage's Shirley Manson but share the same vibe. Her bandmate and co-writer, Josh provides a quality guitar/electronic base that accompany her voice to perfection. However, Up Country isn't all that it can be and there's a definite feel that repitition is being mistaken for catchy - a fatal error of even established bands. While they have a strong sound, Mancini have little choice but to up their game with subsquent releases to prove that they're little more than first impressions suggest.
Up Country isn't a bad start and the future of the band is in safe hands with producer Jagz Kooner, so let's hope they can do what's needed.
You can view Mancini's MySpace page here and their website here. Up Country is available on CD, 12" and to download on 2nd April.