WTCHRS - Round and Round

It's actually the sort of single that could be a springboard for something more powerful, and more gripping.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulKDjvMuSgE

Aha, the WTCHRS from Newcastle: I'd heard them before, enjoyed their soul sound in principle and then sort of forgot about them. However their single Round and Round is most certainly a step in the right direction, a rambling and loose song with a hint of dementia about it; the singer getting more and more frustrated with something or other, and lyrics such as "eyes like fins" only add to the feeling of  disorientation. Whilst it's not a track that is immediately arresting, it's got something weird, something half-baked about it that lends itself to a repeat play. The simple warm organ backdrop gives it a nice spacious, balanced feel too; giving some sort of grounding to the histrionics.

There's also something in that bug-eyed stomp that is very reminiscent of the late, great Wooden Constructions, or a very, very drunk Franz Ferdinand, (it's that dum-dum-dum beat), but  I just don’t know... At times it all can be a bit obvious but then Round and Round's not looking to be academic or clever and I enjoy that; conjuring up as it does a lurid, after-hours feeling. The sort of feeling that you get when trying to solve the world's problems whilst sitting on your arse in a backalley after 5 pints of snakebite. On second thoughts it's actually the sort of single that could be a springboard for something more powerful, and more gripping.