Sons And Daughters - The Repulsion Box
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on 2007-03-02 paperslut Said:
Adele Bethel could well have been a waitress at some small pub in Glasgow where they served drinks at night with a round of community singing around a piano and a guitar. It's really that simple with Sons and Daughters, like the songs on The Repulsion Box wrote themselves after a particularly good night at Smith's Beer and Chips.
Their inherent folk-iness (or beer buzz as I'd like to believe) sets them apart from a tonne of other Scottish bands who're trying too hard to be Britpop, 10 years too late. Scott Paterson (second vocals) adds a bonus range to their songs that would've been good enough if it was just Bethel singing. And the unavoidably catchy thump, thump, thump is just irresistible. They had me at just Bethel's divine Scottish accent. And it's just the same when she lets out this mirror-shattering screech like on Gone. There's a certain predictability to what they do after the first few songs but that's forgivable given the economy with which they create these bombastic tracks. This is not your average pub band who've had too much to drink before getting on stage. It's a bloody good way of saying "I love you" without a hesitant tone, and then sleeping with the neighbours wife.