ALBUM: LIINES – ‘Stop Start’
WORDS BY RUSSELL HOPE
There’s a brilliant thing about something new combined with something we’re used too. A bit like snowboarding, surfing has been around for decades and then skiing has too, bring them both together and it’s the best way to surf down a mountain! At the top of the mountain all you want are fresh lines, LIINES from Manchester are fresh, they’re made up of Zoe, Tamsin and Leila and they’re climbing a massive mountain of big sound.
‘Shallow’ sets the tone for the album with lyrics “what were you thinking” anchoring the song, plus you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of Zoe. She backs up her vocals with an aggressive guitar punch enough to keep the receiver of these lyrics from having a second short. The album has a grit to it, the songs are short and punchy, leaving perfect live gig bait. It’s recorded well and each track is written to destroy a room – be sure that the crowd will help out with that. The pounding drums will have no one stood still in front of these three.
‘Stop Start’ is full of bass, smashing guitar, wailing vocals and a solid drums backline. LIINES been likened to Joy Division and I get that, their debut album is produced by the best – Paul Tipler (Elastica, Idlewild, Placebo, Stereolab) has delivered this one. ‘Be Here’ and ‘Find Something’ gives out a solid Breeders/Pixies bass and a Bernard Summer Joy Division divide. Banging tunes!
On to the B-Side and ‘Blackout’ starts with ‘Stop’ and the staple LIINES 3-chord smash which throws energy into the hallowed vocals. The lyrics are dark, something (or rather someone) has created this deep feeling. Zoe can really take it the distance: “I love a band that gives everything and a singer who feels every single word”. She’s a female Eddie Vedder and the backline of Steph Walker (bass, who was a founding member of LIINES but left the band after the album was complete, with Tamsin Middleton stepping in on bass) and Leila (drums) give a solid backing that Elastica were always famous for and Kurt Cobain would have happily been in front of. The bass of ‘Disappear’ is Hooky and Morris all over and the guitar destroys that backline fighting it off to make room for the massive vocal. It’s a goodun.
LIINES are hot off the support of Hot Snakes, Desperate Journalist, and The Slow Readers Club as well as having headlined the Radio X Showcase. Along with getting airplay and 5* reviews from all the music industry elders like Louder Than War, BBC Radio 6 and Q they’re on a tour down the back bone of the country from Manchester and Preston, down to London.
Catch them at:
18th Oct – Night and Day (Manchester)
17th Nov – The Ferret (Preston)
18th Nov – The Lexington (London – supporting Bis)
14th Dec – O2 Apollo (Manchester supporting Slow Readers Club)
‘Stop Start’ is out now on CD digipak, LP white vinyl and at http://Liines.bandcamp.com. Thanks to Reckless Yes for this record.