If you want to hear the very definition of a ‘polished’ Rock album, then you must listen to this debut from a motley collection of South African may-do-wells now based in Britain.
Apart from a couple of vocal tuning warbles, nothing is out of place; drums stutter and pound, guitars chug and buzz, bass weaves and punches. Sounds good, right? Well, yes. And it is, up to a point. Shine, Falling and Return are well worth blasting out your Skyline’s speakers.
The thing is, Starseed are treading a well-resurfaced road, here. The likes of Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mind Funk and Vedder knows how many similar bands have roared out tunes like those Peace Machine offers. But this is Rock we’re talking about (note the capital R). It’s not exactly known for its sudden, right-angle course changes and neither are its fans, so with a band like Starseed not putting a foot wrong, surely success will fall on them from a great height. Right? Well, possibly. The band certainly knows their chops and who knows, at the rate the multi-legged hype-machine seems to recycle ‘eras’ we may be about due another ‘Grunge’ revival. The last one was only a few weeks ago. No-one will notice.