Ambershades are an old-school five-piece from North London, and, if you believe what you read, the next Thrills / Strokes / Flaming Lips. 8th Day, their second single to date, does this claim no harm at all.
8th Day reminds you of something that could very easily be A-listed by Radio 1. Its country-picking intro and close harmonies threaten to put it into the line-dancing category, but a frantic uptake and somewhat Julian Casablancas-style bridge delivery ensure that 8th Day is an immediately satisfying prospect.
The lyrics can't really touch the Flaming Lips, the country appeal is not as fully-fledged as that of the Thrills, and they're not as aggressive as the Strokes have a tendency to be. Nevertheless, Dirty Thirty is a thoroughly enjoyable track, if a little predictable in the chord sense, and 414, as well as confirming that Ambershades have some kind of number fetish, proves their worth - It's a brave, almost-Worzel-Gumidge effort, that proudly exhibits their penchant for toe-tapping singalongs. May the single sell healthily and put a smile on our winter faces.