Loads of bands have tried to sound like The Smiths. Even Morrissey’s solo career can be marked as being at it’s peak when the songs sound most like they could’ve been released back when he was still friends with Johnny Marr. There’s been no-one who’s managed it properly thus far, but people can always mimic certain aspects of the band – from the dour, funny lyrics copied by the better emo bands to the thumping baselines of Cemetry Gates, it’s all been regurgitated with varying success by others.
Heavy Ghost are the latest act who could be compared to the great pop miserablists. Like any band that willingly labels themselves ‘shoegaze’, it’s tempting to go with the old My Bloody Valentine route, but it doesn’t quite have that same intensity or verve, coming across more like the band have spent their time pondering the instrumental moments during ‘How Soon is Now?’ rather than anything else. In fairness, it’s a great sound to replicate – yawning chasms of noise and mechanical, traintrack percussion driving the band on. Whilst over the course of a career it’s the kind of thing that could get boring – much like Mozza’s teenage diary entry lyrics – but for their 4 track EP ‘Ten Thousand Years’, it’s more than enough to see them through. First track ‘Lucid’ carries it somewhat, with none of the other efforts managing to show quite the same zeal for what they’re doing, but it’s a noise undoubtedly beautiful in it’s bleakness.