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Album Review: Money For Rope (self-titled) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sam Lightle   
20 02 2015
ImageHave you ever wondered what it would sound like if you put two drum kits, two guitars, a bass, three voices and keys together? Let me introduce you to Money For Rope...

Hailing from down under, Melbourne, Australia, this five piece are many, many miles from home. But yet they seem very intent on leaving their mark on Europe and in particularly the UK. Especially with their self-titled LP, that comprises of nine tracks its exactly the kind of entrance needed to do just that.

Living off the tag, ‘rock n soul', the LPs opener Common Man gets things under way in a really chilled out vibe. It harbours a big chorus but there's a real sophistication that oozes coolness. A soft tambourine welcomes, Been In The Wars that gives the LP a real 60s groove. 

There's a gentle and tangible vibe throughout. The album's current single, Misery Lane harbours a thriving bass that builds up a toxic feel with a bluesy beat throughout. This comes after a psychedelic-daze number, ‘You'll Be Gone' that brings with it deep twangs and a contemporary tension that reminds you, you aren't actually listening to an album made in the 60s.

Built on the inspiration of Vietnam-era Doors and The Rolling Stones, the modern day quirks are there from the likes of Allah-La's and Ty Segall. And in Ten Times and Hang Em High, we get to really experience the real vocal qualities. There's less emphasis on the actual chords, which brings a welcome change. Especially in Ten Times, the chorus is bound to be a fans favourite as it encapsulates all the sing along essentials that are bound to get thousands chanting along...

But in quite a bizarre shift, the following two tracks Sail Past Your House and Since I Left You are more instrumental. They both harbour modern surfy rhythms that grab you and prompt you to dance. They're intense and give you a real opportunity to appreciate the use of two drum kits. 

Easy Way Out concludes the LP with a thriving beat from the word go. It's a sterling way to end this impeccable effort from this inventive five piece. It's a thumping arraying of tracks that explore rock n roll in its entirety. Who said rock n roll was a dying trend? Look my further my friends, Money For Rope have got it covered. 

9/10

Release date: March 2, 2015

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