Belasco waste no time getting down to the flat-out pace and frantic guitars of ‘Chloroform’, so I will attempt to be equally down to business when I say that this may well be one of the most important bands this year.
The basic key to the success of this song has a lot to do with the stunningly emotive rock vocal, which pins down the melody with a strong grip in the verse before allowing more of the raw emotion to seep out during the chorus.
Musically, Belasco have emerged unscathed from the needle-filled biohazard-bucket of influence, managing to absorb the qualities of some great bands without ending up like a ‘poor man’s version’ or even worse; a tribute act. Bear this in mind when I tell you that the closest you’d get to imagining this sound is to pretend you’ve just joined a super-group of Placebo and the Smashing Pumpkins, then fell out with D’Arcy Wretzky, James Iha, and Brian Molko.
You can’t dismiss music this good.
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