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An album that's certain to strike a chord with fans of Royal Blood and Alter Bridge.

With over a dozen singles, a trio of EPs and now a pair of albums under their belts, Liverpool's Matchstickmen have clearly honed their craft at the live quarry face.

Opener 'Wake Up Call' channels an early nineties Seattle sound – via Merseyside – and immediately highlights a crisply executed production job. Do you like the idea of vintage ZZ Top combined with Kasabian? Peter Donnelly's nagging Blues riff on 'Cheap Little Thrill' owes a debt to the Top's 'La Grange', while vocalist Lewis Wright's droll delivery on the song's verses evokes a flavour of the aforementioned Leicester Indie band.

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Particularly impressive is Tim Cunningham's bass playing; punchy and prominent in the mix (without overwhelming it), to these ears he's packing a couple of extra strings over the standard four too. 'Different Paths' showcases a more reflective side to the band and is one of the album's finer moments, while 'On The Surface' has an experimental feel personified by Dave Hornby's off-kilter drum patterns.

Closer 'Numb' covers the breadth of Matchstickmen's abilities in one track, as it encapsulates their more bludgeoning, Grungy aspects – Alice In Chains comes to mind in places on this one – alongside a deftness of touch that comes with a strong degree of musical ability.

This is an album that's certain to strike a chord with fans of Royal Blood and Alter Bridge.

Caesar Barton

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