Review: Canterbury – Thank You

Canterbury_ThankYouA first real release is a tough challenge for any upcoming band, but indie-pop kids Canterbury have hit the nail right on the head with debut full-length Thank You. It’s a steady collection of songs with the winning tried and tested formula, and it’s worked wonders.

Opening track Peace And Quiet breaks out in a very infectious upbeatness, as it breaks out the big riffs, and new single Eleven, Twelve is a mega-catchy track in itself; frontman Luke Prebble has a very distinguishable voice, something that seems to be common place in the Surrey and Hampshire area at the moment. The record as a whole combines the ballsy edginess of This City, and the creamy, punchy pop goodness of You Me At Six, and it plays out a belter of a debut; this definitely works.

Unfortunately, it makes a mistake a lot of albums tend to make, and ends on an anticlimax with the somewhat tedious Hometime slowing down a pretty energetic album to barely more than a yawn of a finish, but it’s something the 5-piece have plenty of time to work on. Tracks like Diver have chorus’s memorable from just a single listen, and even the slower, more mellow Hospital manages to keep the same air of quirkiness that the rest of the album so brilliantly delivers. The piano driven Take Me Out Of The Wall comes across as the stand out track on the record, with some brilliant hooks and the perfect amount of punch it needs to be moulded into a great live track.

There’s a lot of bands doing the same thing at the moment and, these days, hardly any of them get to release their first album (step forward Tonight Is Goodbye and Kill The Arcade, among many others), Canterbury, however, have made it this far thankfully, and after such a riveting debut, all that can be said is bring on album number two. Brilliant effort!

George Cannings.

The digital version of Thank You will be free to download on November 23rd, while the physical CD of Thank You will be available on Friends Vs. Records, and a special handmade box version of the album will be available at shows and via the band’s online store. The single Eleven, Twelve is out on October 26th.

Catch Canterbury on tour with Billy Talent, Hundred Reasons, and on their first ever headline tour before the end of the year, for more details visit: www.myspace.com/canterbury and www.caterburythankyou.com.

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