The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus
In The Early Hours EP

Ah, the dawn chorus. Birds chirping. The sun drifting gently above the horizon. A new day breathes life into the world. And then, the drums come in…

Hold on – they weren’t there yesterday morning! I’m kidding of course. The Dawn Chorus are actually a rather appealing indie band… and anyway, it’s 11pm so there’s no likelihood of the other sort for at least another seven hours.

‘Michael’ is a good song to start off with. It introduces the indie-founded but richly diverse sound with solid rhythms and dual-guitar approach. The vocals in the chorus play off against each other like a Lennon / Harrison combination. There’s something odd in the initial mix, but once the whole band is in full swing whatever the problem was seems to evaporate under the glorious rays of a cracking tune.

‘Footprints’ suddenly kicks up a sound like The Coral might have done after one too many whiskeys. The best bit of the track is the break at the two minute mark, which adds a crucial additional dimension to the song as does the drunken brawl of shouty backing vocals.

Sparkly guitars lead us gently into the indie anthem, ‘Act of God’, undoubtedly my favourite song of them all. The vocal drawls nonchalantly the words that will one day be chanted by a thousand fans at some massive gig at their home-coming Guildhall show.

Crossing between an early Placebo acoustic B-side, The Beatles and something by Steve Malkmus, The Dawn Chorus mix acoustic indie and summery Britpop with a fluency that suggests their musical passport is well stamped. Encore!

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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