Album review: This City – ‘We Were Like Sharks’

Danceable post-hardcore types are as winning as they are confusing

You know what? On paper, tattooed London types This City’s blend of dance beats, fuzzcore guitars and [a]Iron Maiden[/a]-esque gallops shouldn’t really work. By rights the results should sound like something left on the Yo Gabba Gabba! cutting room floor, but once you get past the slightly soppy sixth form lyrics (“Please crush my ego, not my heart”) and the incessant jerking of [b]‘We Move’[/b] and [b]‘With Loaded Guns’[/b], it all clicks. More than just melodic post-hardcore-hungry zombies, This City give us a fresh take on the genre by making music we can also move to. Album highlight [b]‘Black And Blue’[/b] looks set to double their fanbase alone – they’re gonna need a bigger boat.

[b]Edwin McFee[/b]