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REVIEWS - SOUNDS

Title:
Sunshine EP
Artist(s):
Gel
El-Camel's Ratings:

Label:
Che Trading Limited
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Reviewer:
simon skinner

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Oh the wonder of youth! 'Sunshine' the title track of GEL's Ep, four young lads from Reading, shows no vestiges of the Thames Valley scene. Fun, fresh and enthusiastic plus dual harmonies to die for, what a band! What energy! Joie de vivre! A hundred percent guitar indie wash but one that's clean and conditioned with no odd socks left in the drum (enough! Ed) Guitar pop played for the audience to love to, jump to, go bonky student union ballistic to!! I'm reminded of John Peel first hearing 'Teenage Kicks' - is it that good? Nearly. I'm not sure the non-ironic cover of The Bangles' 'Eternal Flame' really is that non-ironic but they almost pull it off with a straight face. 'Yellow 12' is as slight, meaningless as its title but perfect power pop once again. They might have been advised to make it shorter - it has a kind of Elastica silliness with the fake ending coming back to a rise/crescendo to finish and might have been better at 1 and a half minutes - but I'm talking refinements here. The basics are already in place and this band should go all the way. 'Pick Me Up', with piano and glorious chorus show the band could easily mature into songwriters of distinction. Oh my God! It brings a smile! What more can you say?

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