Big choruses and vivid story telling are TATE’s musical stamps. Dope Machines is no exception, but you do get the feeling that it has been relentlessly stuffed with eccentric synths and cheesy electric drums. Nevertheless, its sound is progressive and shows only little signs of desperation. Bear with songs like ‘One Time Thing’ and ‘Dope Machines’; they’re growers – second time through and your heart will be won over. ‘Hell and Back’ and ‘Chains’ are standalone keepers you’ll be seeing on their live-setlist. ‘California’ has lyrics packed with memorable imagery, and a pop-likability – making it perfect single material. ‘The Thing About Dreams’ sounds like a Julian Casablancas cover, and the rest is a synth-ship departure from their indie-rock roots, which is refreshing yet still identifiable with the rest of their discography.
Live: KOKO – April 14th