Every now and again, a certain few bands make it big. Really big. This inevitably leads to a thousand or so clones being picked up by greedy record labels desperate to score their own tailor-made money making musical machines. This, ladies and gentlemen, must surely be the only way East-Anglia quintet White Rose Movement have managed to knock out their debut album, Kick on Independiente.
**Note: This is an archived review, originally published on Big Yawn music back in 2007**
Sure, their mish-mash of 80s synth-pop, indie, and a vocal nicked straight from the gob of The Cure frontman Robert Smith is catchy enough, yet it’s also -rather disappointingly- bland, as though the band had done a six-week crash course on contemporary British guitar-music before following a step-by-step guide on how to have an indie hit in modern day Britain.
Indeed, whilst the likes of Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand and The Futureheads have turned out rather original, disco-friendly tunes over the last few years, they have, rather unfortunately, spewed forth a plethora of imitators, White Rose Movement being just one of the many out there.
The likes of Deborah Carne, Speed, and the uber-dark Girls in the Back are all pleasant enough songs that mix neon guitars, bold basslines and angular synth rock with enough enthusiasm to keep most parties alive. However, these rolling, retro tunes have sadly all been done before, often to greater effect.
Take London’s Mine for example, that, for the first few seconds sounds like an exact, if slightly more distorted cover of Kaiser Chief’s synth-pop classic Every Day I Love You Less & Less.
All in all, such imitation makes for a pretty boring album. One that rides the waves of British guitar pop currently flooding the charts on a punctured lifeboat bereft of originality.
Every now and again, a few certain bands make it big. Hopefully, White Rose Movement won’t be one of them