BUZZIN' 3: The Union Choir
With their Intense and brooding soundscapes, The Union Choir are more than just a band. The South Shields based decuplet (yes you read that right) have been making all the right noises back home and recently caught the attention of veteran broadcaster Tom Robinson following their appearance at the Evolution Emerging with Frankie & The Heartstrings.
People on the blogosphere may remember Grant Lagan's previous band Minotaurs who supported the likes of The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and The Brute Chorus in their 3 years together.
Layer upon layer of lush instrumentation build with each song as the musical backing to the narratives sung in the native home tongue. At times it reminds us of David Gedge's post-Wedding Present project Cinerama and the lighter, less intense moments of Hope Of The States.
What really draws you are the characters and stories in the songs, Sarah in "Spring North" you're desperately wanting to find out what her only decent record is or if the lover ever does come around in "Capital" or why Emily is so timid. Not since Belle and Sebastian and the days of "Tigermilk" and "If You're Feeling Sinister" have you been so drawn into the people and the streets that these song are borne from, this is all the more real though as you get the feeling that The Union Choir have spent equal time living life as well as reading about it in books.
The Union Choir are the rare breed where the music stands up on its own, as do the lyrics, but ultimately they're the perfect marriage and greater than the sum of their parts.
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