By Neil Manning
Artist: Sure Sure
Album: Sure Sure
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Debut albums are always a great experience for everyone involved. A band is finally releasing an album’s worth of their creative input and sharing it with the world. Followers of the band are finally getting more than just singles and a whole new array of people are going to discover this band because of the new release. Sure Sure released their debut album at the beginning of 2018. This album makes me interested in following the band and listening to what else they come up with.
The album opens up with a very light song. “Giants” is a simple song that hooks you into the rest of the album. It consists of a catchy melody that is carried by the acoustic guitar and supported by the piano. The lyrics are easily done by following a simple pattern. The lyrics perfectly fit the song as if they’re both very easy going but when combined, make perfect album opener. The next song “Friends,” is another very melodic song. As I listen, I get a taste of Bleachers mixed with The New Pornographers. It has that signature indie vibe to it that gives it a certain charm. It is a very solid follow up to the opener that keeps you wanting a bit more.
The next song to follow, “New Biome,” immediately gives you the more factor you’ve been wanting. Every instrument used is perfectly executed. The vocals are very smooth and get you singing along even though you don’t know the words to it yet. It ends with a nice little groove that is followed by a few seconds of silence preparing you for the next song. “This Must Be The Place” might sound familiar as it is a cover of The Talking Heads. A song that many consider to be perfect and one of the all time greats. I am not one of those people and actually enjoy this cover by Sure Sure more than the original. I feel this version gives it a better sound and the vocals feel more fitting to the music that it is accompanying. The guitar that the band adds has a great tone that fits perfectly and is a great addition to the song.
The rest of the album is well worth a listen to. Most of it gives you the same sound as the first tracks with a few that stray a bit. “Hands Up Heads Down” makes me think Gorillaz while the rest are all mostly in that indie/alt rock vein. There are some times where an influence from Cake will creep into the songs with a little more singing to the vocals. Overall, I recommend this album and feel they are worth to keep tabs on and seeing what else they will put out. I also feel it is important to note how open the band is themselves. They are easy to contact if you ever want to talk. They have their email and phone number on their website where they will gladly answer you. I was able to talk to one of the members before writing this review and it helped give me a greater appreciation of the art they have created.