The Crescent, a quartet from Liverpool who are almost illegally young, offer up their second single to an audience exhausted by hearing the same old thing from guitar bands. An audience these days is demanding of its stars and wants more than derivitive Beatles, Nirvana or Stone Roses.
One could not justly accuse The Crescent of such crimes, but there are certainly hints of the latter in this single. Perhaps it's a northern thing; the way has already been shown by the likes of The Bluetones, after all. Have twangly rhythm guitar, must add wash of Hammond, must add quirky Stone Roses beats. All well and good, but when there are bands out there like South, who actually try to do something different with guitar music, bands like The Crescent will need to find more to distinguish them.
So in essence we have, on Test Of Time, a repetitive riff, forgettable lyrics and nothing that's particularly offensive, all adding together to sound like bits of things we've heard before. It's not derivitive to the point of distraction, but it's not far off. At least they have youth on their side.