Album Review: State Broadcasters

Album Review: State Broadcasters


The Ship And The Iceberg

Facts about this album:

* State Broadcasters are Graeme Black on guitar and vocals, Pete MacDonald on piano and trombone and Fergus MacDonald on drums.

* ‘The Ship And The Iceberg’ is their debut album and is released on the Electric Honey label that launched Belle & Sebastian.

Album review:

A bookish Scottish mob offering whimsical songs with titles such as ‘Let’s Make T-shirts’ and lines about “shagging” – flaccid thrusts, more like – to The Smiths’ ‘Hatful Of Hollow’? Run for the Cairngorms and lock up the orange squash, because SB are here to pin their homemade badge on B&S’ cardigan-wearing indie, lacking only the sparkle or wit. In a bid to capture the zeitgeist they try some Americana, but can’t save an album that’s overwhelmingly fey, twee, and smugly satisfied with its own cleverness.

Luke Turner

More on this artist:
State Broadcasters NME Artist Page
State Broadcasters website