Bristol crew aim for the epic but fall slightly short
Named after the ballsy heroine in graphic-novel-turned-Hollywood smash Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Ramona Flowers sound tends towards the epic. Yet, while they play the type of made-for-arenas rock-electronica that Muse and Radiohead have made careers out of (the stadium-sized, prickly guitars of opener ‘Tokyo’ recall the former; singer Steve Bird’s delicate falsetto on the title-track tries for the latter), there’s something a little too ‘phone advert’ about it all to properly excite. The Bristol group recently toured with Bastille and it’s these sanitised “indie” peers (Imagine Dragons, The 1975 et al) that ‘Dismantle And Rebuild’ sits most comfortably alongside. They’ll probably be massive, then.