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CROSS WIRES – ‘Living In A Radio City’ Review

CROSS WIRES – Living In A Radio City

Cross WiresEast London based Cross Wires have just released their mini album Living In A Radio City. Recorded at Lightship 95 in East London during 2016 and produced by Rory Attwell (The Vaccines, Palma Violets, Telegram) it features eight tracks including the AA side single I Want Radio/Pink Dogs.

From the excellent raw opening of We Call The Shots it is clear that we are in for a treat. With a nod towards Wire and early Vaccines, Cross Wires manage to straddle energetic punk with an indie pop edge. It is good stuff with soaring choruses and a pounding rhythm.

On Walking Wounded the band up the tempo and add a catchy tuneful approach that had us bopping around the office here and it’s followed by I Want Radio. On this track the Palma Violets come to mind as the band have some fun with 1950’s rock and roll melodies mixed with edgy pop-punk guitars. At the half way-point of the eight tracks, Machine 7, adopts a slightly more garage punk style vocal treatment and a more straight up heavier punk approach to the music.

Slow Waves delves further into 1960s garage punk with a twisting and turning riff leading to sing your heart our choruses. Cross Wires have managed to bottle up melody, power, punk and indie rock into a marvelous package and display all of this on Fanzines. The penultimate track, Modern Art, has a more arty, eclectic guitar riff, maintains a strong rhythm and urgency but with some restraint.

The closer is Pink Dogs that, along with I Want Radio, forms a double A side single and at over four minutes in length, the band use the extra time to showcase their songwriting chops. The relatively controlled verses break into loud and raw choruses.

Grab Living In A Radio City by Cross Wires as you won’t be disappointed: https://crosswires.bandcamp.com/