A Pleasant Yorkshire Dream
By Steffen Armstrong
Sometimes you just need that little bit of dream Indie pop music to remind you that all's well in the world. Enter Bull, Yorkshire's premier feel good band, evoking past glories of the 00's American Invasion with plinky Blink 182 riffs, distorted choruses and a reassuring "bah bah bah da bah". In the opening track Green the boys from York sing "it's like a bad dream". Not the case, I'd say a pleasant Yorkshire dream sounds more apt.
The band consisting of York foursome Tom Beer, Dan Lucas, Rory Welbrock and Louis Edge have produced an album in She Looks Like Kim which shouts positivity, naivety and friendliness. It's a nice record, in so that it is inoffensive and pleasant. Perhaps not how the young rockers would wish to portray themselves, but for what it quite lacks in beans it makes up for in youthful promise and fun. The comparisons to the American groups of the last decade cannot be helped, but neither can the influences of Supergrass and the like be ignored.
Indeed there are genuine moments of top musicianship on the record. Though the second track Crellice falls into a typical "nah nah nah" trap by the time it reaches the chorus, otherwise the song writing within is very strong. There's dynamic contrast, clever bass motifs, and the vocal performance is sound. Noticeable is the focus on lyricism, and the singer's interesting almost rap like delivery. It stands out, and is particularly well delivered on Newt.
The best tracks on the album are easily the bass pumping Jan Fin and the slow moving ballad 12 Minute Album Ender. Here you can really hear the true voice of Bull, and therefore begs the questions if this is the direction the group should be going. Here they rely a little less on the American blueprint and a little more on what a band from York 2016 should sound like. Again, these tracks show glimpses of real promise, with the latter particularly impressing.