Sweat gives us our savoury first taste of the New Orleans duo in action, mounting a buzz with an entertaining chorus, engaging harmonies and real nifty riffs, but then Open Up suddenly breaks out into a barrage of intense noise, shaking the senses with loud distorted chords and great drumming. Snake is a smooth going, blues rock-style ditty where the enthralling writing has your full attention.
The madly infectious Lois And Sam makes you wanna get up and dance like an eejit without a care in the world, while Love is more low-key and awfully pleasant, highlighted by the super slick singing, but it’s a return to the livelier material with the catchy back-to-back coupling of Let Me Shine Your Shoes and Preacher.
Gigantic delivers a beautifully rad solo in the middle, and How To Age Gracefully is another one of the most notable songs lyrically speaking; a factor continuing on into Gemini, a neatly polished delight, and that leads into the nice stripped back final tune, Winnie-The-Pooh.
I’m thoroughly impressed by The Canarys’ debut effort. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is a great showing in terms of the performances, the written content, and the bountiful sonic variety where the pair consistently mix it up in style, keeping it fresh as they effectively venture in various directions. A humble band that I implore everybody to give some attention.