Candy Coloured Clowns

Glory EP

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Candy Coloured Clowns leader and guitarist/songwriter/vocalist David "Taffy" Hughes was once a member of '80s pop group Hurrah! On that band's debut EP for Bus Stop, the drama and vocal mannerisms of U.K. '80s guitar pop (think Orange Juice, Josef K, or Felt) was combined with the sonic noise of shoegaze and a slice of Brit-pop to make for a unique and ambitious sound. Unfortunately, the songs are not very strong; "Glory" is a busy mess, "Kids Are Really Going to Love You" is predictable and very bitter lyrically. "Sad Satellite" is better as it has a decent guitar hook and a vocal line that you can figure out. Another problem is the production, or lack thereof. The songs sound like demos, or even rehearsal tapes, and the instruments sound haphazardly thrown together and there are no dynamics. Still, with a little extra care in that department and some stronger songs, the band could make a decent record with its odd approach. This isn't it, though.

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