This year, we see a patriot`s dream stretching across the (anti)social blueprint that is the United Kingdom, hopes and fears spread liberally around a nation`s modern attitude, an excuse to party, a reason not to despair. Although postmodern, our musical flare still seems quite optimistic, our ears are rarely immune to subjective reviews and pre-established genres. The Sons strike a very British chord, whether singer-songwriter Stuart Sons gives a shit about the approaching torrent tide of red,white and blue who knows, his mod demure and power-chord associations are stereotypically English but remain happily estranged from the mainstream fiasco.
It`s impossible to bypass any Paul Weller comparisons with the new single `Down By The U-V Lights`, the similar chord shapes and lyrical assaults reproduce a mid-Jam era with willful innocence and affection - Melodic snaps of early 80`s New-Wave and brazen vocals marred with a social distaste, the sense of a youth counter-culture and creative songwriting is thankfully restored, The Sons are continuing with what in sense our pre-Top Of The Pops idols criminally lost. Recorded at RAK studios with Stephen Gilchrist on Drums (Graham Coxen) and Gary Day on Bass (Morrissey), the technical personnel acquired for this project are Tim Goalen/Richard Woodcraft who have worked with some of the UK`s most creative talents (Arctic Monkeys, The Rifles and The Last Shadow Puppets). If you`ve seen the news about Bowie`s 40th Anniversary Ziggy Stardust remastered release, the name Ray Staff will certainly ring a bell. The Sons mastering chores have Ray`s magic touch, along side Rock`N Roll`s most celebrated artists (and Shakin`Stevens). Hopefully the voyeuristic writing style continues towards a forthcoming album release, The Sons un-voguish and Brit-cool indulgence might just be the tonic needed to exemplify a few home truths.