Bromide: I Woke Up – album review

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Bromide

I Woke Up

8/10

Available on CD/DL

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The latest album by Bromide would fit brilliantly in the back catalogue of many a 90’s indie guitar bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Sonic Youth and The Pixies. What we have here is a mixture of classically structured indie pop guitar songs born out of the 3 piece band that has been going for the past 20 odd years, with new bass player Hugo Wilkinson joining long-term collaborators, singer-guitarist Simon Berridge and drummer Ed Lush . Matt Mead reviews the album for Louder Than War.

When you are approached to review albums you rarely come across an album that takes your mind back in time to when you were 15/16 and remember the feeling of listening to Lamacq/Whiley/Goodier on the Evening Session on Radio 1 where you would hear great new songs being played by unknown artists that would go onto secure an audience that lapped up their music.

Bromide might not have secured the audience their music deserves but their latest album is packed into a paper bag full of treats for all listeners to choose a sherbet dipped treat from. Opener A Tale To Tell carefully enters the fray, buzzing guitar and Ed using all the drums to full effect ‘I heard a voice from long ago, it was a woman’s voice’ sings Simon, the feeling of the song reminds me of Bandwagonesque TFC.

I’ll Never Learn goes to a slow pace, with dream like vocals, Moose Russell Yates dream tyope shimmering rhythm. Two Song Slot is a Undertones type wig out. Futurist Shore Leave is a great little instrumental in a similar vein to Primal Screams Autobhan 66 without the synths. Stunning.

There are plenty of little influences contained within the album. Fans of Buzzcocks, the aforementioned TFC, Sonic Youth, Pixies, Primal Scream should rush out to the shops to buy a copy. I Woke Up closes preceding’s on a Joy Division type trip.

Overall the album deserves to sell by the bucket load and BBC 6 Music should have this on their playlist immediately. Great harmonies, smooth production and overall great album. I’d imagine if no one discovers this album now it will be claimed as one of the great lost albums of the era.

You can follow Bromide via their Facebook, Twitter pages and their own website.

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All words by Matt Mead. You can find more articles by Matt at the Louder Than War author archive pages.

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