Vocalists who apparently spend hours trying to perfect those Yorke or Buckley inflections, or bands who cite Radiohead as an influence are to be approached with suitable caution and trepidation. Especially if you know theyíve been compared to Yes due to the length of their songs and that their heralded demo was recorded in a bedroom rather than a studio...
The thing is, the sheer ability of Dublin's The Eclectic makes them awfully hard to ignore. Although Shatter Proof wears its The Bends t-shirt proudly, itís no lazy tribute; the song has a relentless, pounding energy to it, not to mention an addictive chord sequence and a melody that you just donít want to end Ė and it nearly doesnít. Blank Canvas, meanwhile, is the pick (and, at a mere 5Ĺ minutes, shortest) of the bunch. Again, itís hardly original, sounding like a refugee from Dovesí Lost Souls - yet, with its fluttering guitars and bittersweet harmonies, itís a beautiful entity all of its own. Itís difficult to credit, from the sound and production quality, that these two tracks were actually bedroom recordings. That fact is more in evidence on the EPís weakest link, Break Me Out, where the pace picks up with fuzzy guitars, a squidgy riff and a rough, vaguely Kings of Leon chorus; far from bad, this is an average, mid-set filler of a song. Theyíre obviously very happy with it, though - they donít press the Ďstopí button for a patience-thinning 7 minutes. This is, nevertheless, an impressive EP, and The Eclectic now top my list of must-see Dublin bands.
You can download all three songs on their rather attractive website - just make sure you've plenty of time.