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posted 13 Oct 2009, 06:58 by The Editor   [ updated 13 Oct 2009, 11:39 by Harry Cooke ]

[Gravitas Records]

Released: 10th August 2009

by Vicky Miller

This single arrived at the office with no press release, and not being familiar with the band I had no idea what to expect from 
Slaves to Gravity, the only hint of what may be to come was a rather creepy image of a female mannequin’s face on the cover, which offered me little in way of clarification but left me expecting something slightly dark.


I was somewhat surprised with the opening track “Doll Size” - laden with sludgy, grunge grooves, it evoked memories of an early Alice in Chains, a sound I am not used to hearing in contemporary music. Singer Tommy Gleeson’s smooth vocals complimented some introspective lyrics, although the slightly dull guitar riffs failed to give the song much stand-out quality.


On the next track “Long Way Home” Slaves to Gravity picked up the pace a little. The intro reminded me of Sonic Youth’s “Death Valley 69” although it really lacked any of the punk rock passion required to pull off the reinvention of early 90s grunge that the band seem to be striving for. There was nothing fundamentally wrong with the song, but it lacked character and suffered from some seriously ill placed backing vocals during the chorus.


The final track “No Shame” sounded so much like a tribute to Soundgarden that I was literally waiting for Gleeson to break into a chorus of ‘Black hole sun, won’t you come…’ “No Shame” certainly highlighted the faint line between offering a kind of musical accolade and blatant imitation, ironically closing with the repetition of the line ‘Keep the dream alive’.


Grunge is a sound so deeply attributed to some seriously influential bands that resonate so deeply with those of us who can remember it from the fist time around, it’s become virtually impossible to create a modern take on it that reflects the genre without incurring comparison to them. However, even with this in mind, I think Slaves to Gravity could have tried a little harder to stamp some remnant of originality onto their tracks.


If any of you had been wondering whether grunge is still alive and well in music today, then with this release, Slaves to Gravity have certainly proved it is, at least, alive.