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THESIS LIVES —TREE OF LIFE (Self-Released)

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Thesis Lives are Angus Craddock (guitar, vocals, production), Matty James Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Gary Husband (bass) and Richard Mason (drums), and with their terrific appetite for creative flair Tree Of Life overflows with hot playing. Loaded in drive, and with the music cemented together by tight harmony vocals and dynamic playing the listener can expect the journey listening to them to be one fuelled with no little daring.

 

After getting the low-key, and thoughtful instrumental opener “Make Them See” and solid “Chasing The Day” out of the way the fireworks start for real on rocking, lung busting  “Moxie”. “Leaps And Bounds” that follows is a more cluttered affair, and though it isn’t quite up with the former the music is a fine account of the band’s brand of music. On and upwards “Home” contains a more restrained approach, as some fine guitar and understated playing opens the song with  lyrics that speak of giving it everything prior to the music becoming, at a blink off an eye more rock fashioned. This as there is talk of blazing guns, and with a reflective feel the character in the song is left looking for the beginning. “Preapollo” is a time for revaluation or is it one's dream come true as he becomes a hero? Possibly it is a time to follow one’s heart and for them not be to allow distractions hinder their vision. Searing guitar and pounding beat accompany “Every Little Nation” in a compelling fashion, and though a little more variation may have been seen it better served. But it is what the band do, pound out earthy no nonsense modern day rock’n’roll music.

 

Moving into the final three tracks Thesis Lives continue pretty much in the same vein you have the strong “Leviathan”,  on possessing stout harmony vocals to go with the relentless rhythm ensure the listener (and lovers of the genre in particular) is well served. “Corner Piece” speaks of commitment, something the band has in spades, and with it joined by final cut “Once More”  with the character in the song a never-say-die hero there is no let up. Mighty fine work. If only as the American’s like to say, they had pitched a curve ball or two, moved away for the nucleus of their core sound good as it is.

 

                                                                   Maurice Hope     

 

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