The London outfit Doe return with their new album Grow Into It; and it shows a band who are moving on and maturating into a grown up sound as the album title would suggest.
Those unfamiliar with the band - they are a punk garage band with rock and roll sub-text - the sound of the group is one indebted to the early 1990s garage sound reminiscent of The Breeders and The Pixies; with male and female voices vying for superiority across songs.
From the sombre sounding strum of guitar strings on album opener 'My Friends' this album is explicit in showcasing how growing up is hard to do; how strong bands diminish when personal feelings come front and centre in an ever expanding world.
The band though are not merely a loud crash and thrash band, they have pop capabilities as evidenced on single 'Labour like I Do' which has a funny video with the band wearing alien head masks to show how even though you may look different you still experience the same problems.
The band are making big strides with a push for them to break the mainstream in this country, yet they have played sold out gigs in the USA also; the sound of the band is distinctly American which may be the stumbling block to break the airwaves in the UK yet if you give the band a chance you will come away with something from this album.
Full of sonic sounds and indie rock hook, this album explodes with life and authenticity which is rare to hear and see nowadays.
The energy from such tracks as 'One at a Time' to the thoughtful 'But It All Looks the Same' which has a drive to the anthemic climax is indicative of a band growing up both personally and collectively.
The album Grow Into It is out from Big Scary Monsters on 28th September and they are on tour supporting Speedy Ortiz throughout October.
My thanks to One Beat PR for the audio link opportunity to review.