When The Strokes first came about, it was interesting to see how many critics wrote them off as simply being derivative of all that came before them, especially in comparison to how many new bands now that are trying to ape their sound. Whilst Julian Casablancas and the boys have always enjoyed large commercial success, the same can’t really be said of The Drums, who suffered a similar response to their sound in the press around 18 months ago when they just began to surface. Even if the sales haven’t quite followed the cries of them simply ripping off 80’s jangle pop, it seems that they might be about the spawn a wake similar to their more successful forerunners.
Wolf Feet tag themselves as ‘Manchester’ on their bandcamp, as well as referencing The Smiths in the same bracket, but their sound is more reminiscent of Jonathan Pierce’s gang than anything the city has ever produced. During the opening track of their eponymous EP, ‘Dead Hand’, you almost expect the duo to break out into the refrains of ‘I felt stupid’ such is the crossover, the handclapping and twinkling of guitar openly courting comparison. Elsewhere there is more variety, eventually finding some more indiviual ground with the final effort ‘Red Highway’, a lazy stroll of a song that doesn’t really go anywhere but is nice nonetheless. Still, it’s hard to argue that their best work is anything other than the bits that sound like they could’ve been a B-side for ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ – which is still more than enough to grant repeat listens.