Have they just unearthed a time capsule in the [I]Blue Peter[/I] garden full of underachieving folk-rock bands from the late-'80s, or what?...
Have they just unearthed a time capsule in the [I]Blue Peter[/I] garden full of underachieving folk-rock bands from the late-’80s, or what? For no sooner do we hear that The Lilac Time are back to get all fey on our arses again than The Railway Children – once a pre-baggy guitar band, now comprising one Gary Newby and his Voice Of Burning Bedrock – have broken a six-year vow of jangle abstinence to release their fourth LP. And, like The Lilac Time, the world ceased to turn on its axis for Gary in July 1992.
So – to take you back to those heady times – grunge is still credible, Adorable are the New Suede and Teenage Fanclub are the New Status Quo. And so Gary turns to all of these factors in amalgamating his new masterpiece of slodge, from plodding Screaming Trees rockularity on ‘What Tomorrow Brings’ to pseudo-glam blustering on ‘Light The Fuse’. ‘Wake The Dreamer’ ironically, even sounds like The Lilac Time. Frankly, it’s a wonder Wiz from Mega City Four isn’t producing.
As an artefact displaced from a simpler age, ‘Dream Arcade’ makes you thankful for The Offspring. Don’t hold your breath for The Would Be’s revival, kids.