‘Floods’ is the debut single from the Uttoxeter-based band Blame. The band is led by former Ortega and In Colour guitarist James Brighouse, who is joined on vocals by Sam Johnson.
What’s it sound like?
After the heavier sounds of his previous bands, Brighouse claims he was this time inspired by the groups that drew him to the guitar in the first place, the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen. Sadly, this single falls short of their exceptionally high standards.
Blame, as well as drawing on their musical predecessors, are also heavily inspired by their surroundings. Their bio claims they are “the product of a sleepy suburban town and its ability to drive residents indoors on rainy days”.
Indeed, Uttoxeter is hardly known as an urban metropolis. One of its most famous former residents is the film maker Shane Meadows, best known for writing and directing This is England, and who is currently making a Stone Roses documentary. I don’t think the Blame boys will be mentioned alongside Mr. Meadows by Uttoxians anytime soon though.
‘Floods’ is a relatively tame attempt to fulfil the conventions of the classic rock genre, in the process losing all of the energy and excitement that the bands Blame look towards created.
Is there a music video?
What’s the final verdict?
Bland, bromidic, boring, it is the type of song that explains why people continue to say rock is in the doldrums. ‘Floods’ sounds like a bad Gaslight Anthem b-side, culled for being too much of a cliché of themselves.
Words by Andrew Bardsley.