My Luminaries are a London four piece that started in 2004. Having already sold over one thousand copies of the EP that sits before me now, it’s fair to say that this band has something appealing going on.

That something appealing could well be the straightforward rock and roll sound that gets pumped out like beef through a mincer in the first two tracks (‘Mad Dog’ and ‘All I Really Want’), capturing the essence of bands like the Kinks and the Troggs. Then again, it could be down to the slick and hooky third track ‘Transmitter’, which leaves behind the sixties influence and replaces it with an indie thread that floats halfway across the Atlantic.

It could even be the Jackson Five tinged riff of ‘A Man Without His Phone’, which sees the ‘ABC 123’ thing in the verse being contrasted by a pop-rock chorus and with a few late-sixties vocal harmonies thrown in for good measure.

Enough speculation! The only sensible conclusion is that, of course, it’s the combination of all four tracks that make this a worthwhile record to own.

No one wants to hear an album that contains a collection of vastly similar recordings. In fact, it detracts a fair bit from the really good tunes if all the other songs sound like poor copies of them! Imagine a world where the Hives aren’t irritatingly uninventive and you’ll get an idea of what My Luminaries are like.

Fenton
Steve Fenton was Editor in Chief for The Mag and also wrote for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues across the country alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.