Derby four-piece The Honeymoon Suite have released their debut single Taste-Less digitally last week and its a shimmering indie rock floor-filler of a tune.
A graffiti tag sits lazily across the stark brickwork, shadows stretch long across the black and white street scene, and even with a Derby band stood centre frame it is the iconic imagery of post-industrial Manchester, and the utilitarian Joy Division which is immediately evoked.
Musically in The Honeymoon Suite‘s first single Taste-Less there is far too much bounce to be compared to the post-punks but certainly the seed of their sound was sewn in ’80s indie pop, lyrically referencing ‘Robert says that Boys Don’t Cry’ and adding chant backing-vocals to a soaring lead. The song is all shimmering guitar but it slices it with ’90s alt clean rhythms and dropping everything out only to saw it back in Bivouac-style. A big sounding single that lends itself to dance-floors and the things unspoken as a gaze is held across a crowded room.
Not unique – from The Kooks to The Wombats have both peddled polished indie while more recently Blossoms, Cassia, and TRASH (with who they will play The Venue in October) have all given a take on the sound – The Honeymoon Suite are far from derivative. With a more literary style lyrically, and losing the electro aspects now common in this genre in favour of sticking with jangling guitars, the band have released a debut single which manages to subtly dismiss the shallows of indie and add some more substantial emotionally and sonically than is prevalent in the genre.
As a first offer Taste-Less makes a strong case for The Honeymoon Suite being among one of the better indie-rock bands on offer locally, with the promise of growing into something that could break from the local scene to find themselves part of the new mainstream of indie.
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