Album review

The Thrills : So Much For The City

The Thrills : So Much For The CityThe fact that The Thrills released So Much For The City in the same month as a record breaking heatwave hit Britain has been mutually convenient for the Dublin six-piece and the thirsty public who were in desperate need of some seriously chilled summer tunes to cool them down. The problem is that summer goes too soon, leaving the feel good sunshine bands high and dry. Are The Thrills a passing fad or will they be able to endure a cold winter?

They say rock 'n' roll is a way of life; a spirit The Thrills have embodied as they ventured from their native Dublin and spent months camping in San Diego writing So Much For The City. This may explain the heavily influenced late 60s West Coast sound they've adopted. From the sing-a-long Big Sur to the loose Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far), the optimism of the 60s Californian lifestyle is huge part of this album. They have justly captured the sense of travel and the bohemian lifestyle with the descriptive One Horse Town and Just Travelling Through, although they fail to avoid the usual platitudes of standing on a moody street corner contemplating on years gone by and wanting to escape a seemingly boring town.
    However, this album isn't all about 1960s West Coast swagger: You can almost smell the open fire and saddle leather within the distinct country influences in Say It Ain't So, and the slide guitar and harmonica accented Hollywood Kids reveals a sincere side to vocalist Connor Deasey who genuinely feels for "Those Hollywood kids, those Hollywood kids got it made. How the suns sets on my Boulevard, but leaves quite a shadow to fill."

So Much For The City is a hotbed of 1960s charm, stitched together by a host of songs that'll be left playing long after the lazy days of summer. However, the album definitely has a novelty factor and it'll be difficult for them to wow their fans with the same material next time around. The Thrills' camping expedition in San Diego has run its course and their future will rely on where they pitch their tents next.

:: Paul Newbold

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