Canada Water - One Shot Farewell
Canada Water are a five-piece pop-punk outfit from Bournemouth. I'm aware that won't mean much to my American readers, so let me give you an overview. Sir John Betjeman once said that "Bournemouth is one of the few English towns one can safely call 'her'." And in 1952 I'm sure he meant a fair lady from a Hitchcock film, but nowadays I think she'e have grown old awfully quietly, still drinking tea from china cups and refusing to leave the house without a hat on a Sunday.
Not the best environment for original punk music to flourish in, and although Canada Water's sound is energetic and layered, it's very familiar. Too familiar. If you've ever heard of Yellowcard or Blink-182, you'll have heard these guys before. That said it is certainly catchy and surprisingly rounded for 5 young players - their musicality is very accurate throughout the EP.
The tunes themselves, while familiar, have an interesting mix of layers and a danceability to them that makes them perfect fodder for dancefloor-fillers in 'indie' clubs the world over. Trouble is, I'm not sure that's what Canada Water were going for...
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