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Ears To The Ground (Single)

Ice Black Birds

I think the word we need to take away from listening to this Brighton rock quartet is - potential.

They’ve received plenty of plaudits for their live performance; energy, fun, vigour, startling, etc. etc., none of which comes across in this debut single. Ears to the Ground begins as a reasonable Zep-riffed rocker, before descending into chants and a bit of prog-laced boogie. Its companion track kicks off as a bold attempt at one of those overblown, bluesy ballads popular since the dawn of time, then abruptly opens up into the Kings of Leon wrestling Bloc Party in a tin bath. A miniature Skynyrd solo calms things down, however. And those vocals - who let Joey Ramone loose on Since I’ve Been Loving You? I laughed, I cried. I didn’t hurl, though. Stay positive.

Listen: www.myspace.com/iceblackbirdsuk