This elegant and emotive indie ballad from the late 90’s held it’s own in the heady days after the summer of Britpop and into the Pre-millennial tension that approached Y2K.
Of course this particular band had a bit of a pedigree mutt among their ranks. Their lead singer Andy Yorke had a more famous big brother.
Over a dexterously arranged almost classical guitar riff the family familiar voice sings a regretful lyric
“The shrine is located in the front room of the house, for some unknown reason it’s neglected for too long, you claim it’s not a problem but I take it all so hard, so when is it a problem? If you push it all so far”
The music builds verse on verse in dexterity. The soul searching continues. The singers voice taking it’s cues from a Buckley or two and perhaps the odd prog rocker.
“My soul is defended by the will to stay alive, for some unknown reason I can’t keep that wheel from falling off”
A change of tempo and a stirring in the mood in the last minute turns a little more to defiance. Before the still clean guitar work finishes building into a cinematic overture of acoustic instrumentation. It’s all very 90’s but at the higher cultural end of that spectrum.
“So when is a problem if I take it all so hard higher than reason is nowhere.”
The band had a good crack at immortality for the 2-3 years either side of the start of this century. Releasing 2 albums of mostly quality indie rock and a mop up compilation after their split in 2001.