Specimens is the new four track EP from Glaswegian quartet The Celestians, their sound is quite rough and full of youthful exuberance you can tell these boys really enjoy their music as it comes out in their sound.
The main strengths of the album are the songs are very different from each other and it must be said that doing this adds to its charm however in developing a style and sound you are going to need a sound people identify with you I look forward to when this is cemented.
Although it will become apparent to these young men that their sound is still being developed, it is obvious that they definitely have the talent, but once again I hope they realise it is no longer enough to be good musicians unfortunately, you have to have a unique selling point, something that sets you a part.
The Sound of Specimens teeters on a knife-edge in that in some points it veers towards an alternative rock sound, but then surprises you by doing a complete U-turn into the indie tradition, which really caught my ear.
I think as time goes on this band will settle their sound firmly in a prog rock way, they sound like a Futureheads before they got famous, then were not as gritty anymore.
The main track which holds to this way of thinking and clearly the best song on the EP is ‘Invisible.’
The track is what this band should be aiming for on a regular basis if they want to continue making waves in a big way, it has great lyrics as well as riffs, looking forward to hearing them on radio this Tuesday 106.6 North Manchester FM.