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Towers of London

Towers of London: Blood Sweat & TowersBlood Sweat & Towers (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 1.5


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For quite a while now, I've been asking for a full-length from Towers of London. This flashy five-piece has released three separate EPs in the last three years, totaling a meager seven songs between them. More importantly than the meager run-times, though, the band showed promise. They showed spunk .


For quite a while now, I've been asking for a full-length from Towers of London. This flashy five-piece has released three separate EPs in the last three years, totaling a meager seven songs between them. More importantly than the meager run-times, though, the band showed promise. They showed spunk and a knack for writing some rousing punk rock tunes, so naturally I thought that would be easily parlayed into a longer format.

Oh, how I wish I was right.

Somewhere along the line, the band lost sight of what made them so enjoyable in the first place. Or maybe not, maybe their style is just not such that it can be drawn out for an extended amount of time. Well one thing's for sure -- on Blood Sweat & Towers, the band unfortunately overstays their welcome.

Going from two or three songs per release to 15, that is undoubtedly where Towers of London went wrong. Baby steps, not gigantic leaps. It's immediately noticeable, too. The supremely catchy nature of prior efforts isn't present here, instead the band tries to stretch things too far with too little to offer, and get caught halfway through a song with the realization that there's nothing new around the corner. Short and sweet was the motto on the EPs, and short and sweet should have been the motto here too. More than any of that though, the songs aren't fun. They don't grab you and put a smile on your face, they don't make you bob your head or tap your foot, they do nothing but evoke a feeling of complete indifference in what is for lack of a better term, background music.

There's no reason that a song like "King" can go five minutes and maintain any level of interest, which is exactly why I would relegate the album as a whole to that unfortunate title of background music. The rhythms are boring, the vocals lack punch, and even the quick jump-starts occasionally provided by a guitar solo wear off before long. The inability to sustain any energy or intensity is crippling, and that song shows it. Even the quicker songs offer little in the way of enjoyment, as they're used as nothing more than a brief segue between the longer, and tragically boring tracks that populate this lackluster effort.

I think next time, I'll be careful what I wish for.

 


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Anonymous (January 22, 2007)

saw these guys at reading festival. they released a load of pigeons at the end. tells you everything you need to know: quite funny but utter shite

Anonymous (January 21, 2007)

Blatant Sex Pistol ripoffs IMHO, the album lacks any originallity, and their live show is a complete lack luster affair - don't waste your time on the Towers of London.

Deadpan (January 20, 2007)

I'm so glad Donny Tourette walked off Big Brother before these guys could reach Ordinary Boys levels of popularity/being in the public consciousness. Fucking awful. I know it's off one of the old EPs, but Fuck It Up is undoubtedly one of the worst songs I've ever heard, and there is no way they could ever, ever redeem themselves for it.

ghostmonkey (January 20, 2007)

they had a 'fly on the wall' documentary series shown on Bravo here in the UK. They are a bunch of muppets, but very funny drunken muppets. shame their music is pretty bog standard

Anonymous (January 20, 2007)

i really hated this when i first heard it but its kind of grown on me. like the fungus your mom gave me

theyounginfluential (January 20, 2007)

i read that article too.

lostandclowned (January 19, 2007)

i was reading spin magazine on break at work around a year ago and this band got rave reviews.

Anonymous (January 19, 2007)

seriously, i can't believe you ever thought this was going to be good. this band are a fucking joke in the UK.

damo (January 19, 2007)

and what the fuck was that prick doing on big brother? never heard of them b4 then and never want to hear of them again

Anonymous (January 19, 2007)

Now THAT is the worst album cover I've seen.

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