6 January 2013
White Rose Movement - Kick
Some bands have it hard, some bands are very lucky and hit it big, some bands get there through hard work, some get there through giving very good head. But there is a fifth very rare indeed - the one who gets all the praises and tours, but still manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. There are people who would say all five categories fit White Rose Movement perfectly, for me though it is only one of them - and not, not the fourth one.
Coming out of the London post-punk electro disco early 00's, this band seemed to have it all. They toured with Placebo, Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, Gary Numan and other's. They had been NME darlings, Bloc Party wanted to have wrote their songs and all of a sudden after this was released.....nothing. They fell under their own weight, trying to complete the follow up to this their only release. The somewhat perfectly titled Kick.
Musically, they are the bastard sons of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Killing Joke (without the mad shouty frontman) and darker Erasure. Stand out tracks such as "London's Mine", "Love Is A Number" and "Cruella" would have had those indie discos at the time rammed with the synth heavy tracks to make people forget their own troubles. However, there is a problem here. Just like the music of the 80's, it is very much what is on the surface. There is nothing underneath these songs, there is no depth. After listening to this album I do not find myself wishing for more of the same. It does not hold you attention in places, out of the 11 tracks here, less then half of them would deserve any more of your attention - I will let you make up your own mind.
Now sometimes it is nice to have music that does not offer more than a good time and a party, but I have a feeling there was more to this band. They seemed to have more to give, but they never got to show it. So instead of a decent debut which was the stepping stone to greater things we have an album that shows the promise of something to come but it was snatched away. Sometimes even with everything you can come up short......
6 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but not quite there
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