Monday, October 30, 2006

Conner reviews

Conner's Hello Graphic Missile is released on Broken Horse on November 13th. Here's the word on the street so far.

Kerrang 4/5 "A sound that oozes the same laconic, subtly exotic cool that made The Strokes such an instant hit over here. A great number of brilliant songs veering from sparse new wave strutters to edgier darker material that recalls Fugazi at their most calm and elegant. "

Artrocker "They've got lots of songs, sh*tloads of songs, good un's too. Play it loud and long"

Alternative Ulster " It's a gem of an album that rewards repeated listens. Make it one of your discoveries of the year."

Unpeeled "Funky and deliberate stuff, excellent percussion and timing".

Blah Blah "If you like The Killers, Arcade Fire and Hi-Fi you will love Kansas based garage rock band Conner".

Burton Mail "Kansas combo Conner draw from East Coast influences The Strokes and Television on this refereshingly simple and uncluttered UK debut that demands little from the listener but delivers much. Well worth a spin."

Peterbrough Evening Telegraph " Kansas band do a neat update of classic rock (Stones, Iggy, Smiths). With cool guitars and vocals, they can't go wrong."

Room 11/13 " This is a band to embrace in their infancy, to befriend whilst they are still playing small venues so that come the day that everyone and their dog knows the band you can smugly gloat about how you knew the Kansas four piece before they broke out of the mid west and left Dorothy far behind."

Get Ready to " There's some great guitar work, some great songs and some great vocals, and while it may be garage rock, there's enough potential on display here, and enough variety of styles to suggest that Conner could well be the next Killers. " "Window Shopping' lashes together Northern Soul riffs and hardcore guitar pyrotechnics in outstanding fashion - the Four Tops meets Husker Dü on T-Rex's Dansette! " " Employing a guitar driven garage-rock sound, influenced by the likes of Richard Hell and The Stooges, and in more recent times the Kings Of Leon, Conner have created a collection of songs that hurtles through the three quarters of an hour the fourteen tracks to play out (one is hidden). 'Floating On An Error', one of the band's slower and more patient tracks, is an obvious highlight as it builds and crescendos into a wall of sound that crashes down as the song abruptly ends. Throughout the record the band use this technique to great effect; there's a pleasant mixture of riffs and full blooded thrashy chords, almost as if the guitars provide the tempo ahead of the drums and lead the drummer rather than the other way around. And it works too. "