Soma High

Soma High
Speak EP

So The Beatles turn up and start to play a jangly, sombre version of Sgt Peppers, and before your very eyes, each Beatle is gradually replaced. Lennon makes way for Yorke, Harrison gives way to Jonny Greenwood, McCartney is displaced by Colin Greenwood, and finally, Starr hands over the sticks to Selway (apologies to Ed O’Brien at this stage – there were only really four – but feel free to imagine that you’ve just replaced George Martin).

Actually, there are only three on this record as Soma High haVe employed a bit of programming to keep the stage a bit clearer, but let’s not split hairs.

And thus, the Radiohead-influenced sounds of Soma High take their birth in ‘Speak’ before growing up into the short-trousers and school-cap of their Muse-slanted ‘Bye Bye’.

In true full-circle fashion, ‘You, You and You’ makes the journey back to the fab four for its organ intro and semi-distorted vocal and swing back into Radiohead vs Muse territory for the experimental closer, ‘In The Waiting Room’.

It’s all rather good stuff, but Soma High have turned up to the high-school prom wearing the same dress as the prom queen.

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Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.
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