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An album of quality and depth that surprises even the most unsuspecting listener such as myself.

The promo of this album arrived in a plain brown cardboard sleeve with only name, album title and track list. No bio, no press release, so a bit of Google research I thought before popping the plain white disc into my laptop for a listen. Indie Rock it seems, a bit of Radiohead, throwback to the early grunge sound of Pearl Jam; not my preferred genre of music I must admit, but I give it a listen to see what this Cambridge based quartet have to offer. That research turned out to be pretty accurate; opener 'By The Station Light' is a mid paced chunk of Indie style Rock – Kings Of Leon perhaps – that bounces along nicely with a memorable chorus and that open, clean guitar sound that seems so synonymous with this style of music.

But then something unexpected happened. Ian Jeffs' raw, husky vocals, simple yet addictive riffs and some catchy choruses dug their way into my brain over the course of a few plays, so much so I have concluded, despite any initial misconceptions, that this album really does seem to be something special. Whilst each track does have a recognisable tone, largely due to those distinctive vocals, there's still plenty of variety within the album. The aforementioned 'By The Station Light', 'You Can't Stop' and in particular 'Wrecking Ball' power along with pace and energy. 'Cities On Fire' and 'Bigger Lungs' feature a slower ballad style with laconic vocals and phrasing that almost drag out the song, yet there's still the hook in there to grab your attention as the tones engulf you.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Definitely best played loud to emphasise some of the subtleties buried away in here, the production is sparse and understated with an almost demo feel that is alternatively endearing and annoying in leaving you wondering if it could sound better. 'The Debutante' has a quick-paced Ska beat to it, whilst closer 'Last Rat In Hamlin' has rousing pace and energy, reminding me of The Enemy if not quite with the same aggression in the tone.

Consisting of vocalist Ian Jeffs, his brother Jay (guitar) along with Ollie Parsa (bass) and Bob Radford (drums), these guys have come up with an album of quality and depth that surprises even the most unsuspecting listener such as myself. It may need a few plays but I can't help feeling we may well hear a lot more of Twelve Cold Feet. Comparable to Kings Of Leon, an early raw Coldplay even, and whilst at this early stage of their career this remains very much a stepping stone, it's one that they've taken with a huge, confident stride.

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