Being a Manchester band these days must be a tricky business. With such an abundance of tough acts to follow, David Potts' Ram has managed to avoid this stumbling block by sounding just like one from Liverpool instead. And one band in particular.
Listening to the three songs on this EP, it's a tragedy that somebody else had already recorded the second side of Abbey Road. Potts is in Lennon/McCartney-mode all the way, with a few pseudo-elliptical musings on For Your Love ("swinging for the monkey-man") with even Weller-like fluff about believing "in the soul within". Dream Away could have been dedicated to a girl with kaleidoscope eyes, while the less primal scream elements (Janov, not Gillespie) of the first Plastic Ono Band album hover menacingly over the wistful Two Fine Lovers.
If the re-modelled Let It Be wasn't enough to sate your thirst for fab, gear, groovy sounds, then give Ram a try. But be warned : Ram is also the name of a Paul McCartney solo album.