Pearly Gates are a four-piece alternative rock band from Charlottetown in Canada, consisting of members Mark Palmer on vocals and guitar, Roger Carter on drums, Colin Buchanen on guitar and vocals and Chris Francis on bass, and No Horn To Blow is their latest single, released on 11/08/2023.
With influences including The Kinks, The Beatles, Syd Barrett, Small Faces, XTC, Oasis, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Supergrass, this is a band that seems stuck somewhere between the sound of the 60’s and the Britpop era of the 90’s.
Opening with some very 60’s influenced guitar riffs, the track is inspired by the sarcastic wit of Ray Davies and The Kinks and is a cheeky take on comparing oneself to other people, letting things go and forgiving past mistakes and bettering oneself.
Musically, the song is quite laid-back, with retro guitar playing and melodic drumming and bass work. Things are taken up a notch when needed but overall, the music is easy going and straight-forward to listen to.
The vocals are typical of the indie rock sound, with a slight nostalgic feel too. Accompanied by layered backups there is a great depth to the track, and this makes it very engaging to listen to.
This is a great track that is very edgy and extremely catchy, and the lyrics and melodies will stick in your head long after you have finished listening to it.
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