This, the debut offering from Peckham five piece The Lea Shores, is mostly an underwhelming psychedelic rock record which offers little in the way of intrigue or vocal intonation. The majority of the tracks on the album are mildly enjoyable to begin with, however, they fail to reach any sort of notable climax – with too few acceptations to this trend.
Opening track ‘Velvet Lies’ begins with fierce and heavy guitar which quickly descends into the bleak psychedelic atmosphere which burdens much of the album. The same appears true of ‘Brand New Day’, while admittedly it does get the feet tapping to the invigorating heavy drums and strings, it is on the whole, rather lifeless and dull. Offering some gems of optimism are lead single ‘Guillotine’ which maintains momentum more so than any other track, and ‘Butterfly’ which bucks the trend of forgettable fodder and bring some more memorable musical moments from its string laden intro/outro to acoustic-centric chorus.
The band do try hard to maintain their atmospheric sound throughout the 10 track album, however, many of the songs go on a bit long leaving the listening with interminable feelings of boredom – which is never a good thing.