Draygos Guilt - Trust Me...

Richard Wink 28/11/2009

Rating: 3/5

Whenever you arrive at a band's MySpace page and read their influences (presuming it is a serious list) you can usually assume what kind of band they will be. As soon as I read the unholy trinity of Oasis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones I immediately assumed that Draygo's Guilt would deliver another moribund slab of grotesque lad rock. The kind of dirge my good friends from Outraze might deliver.

Thankfully there is a bit of nous involved in this release. Front man Jon Clews possesses a potent voice, strongly reminiscent of Doves' Jimi Goodwin, the tone of the album lies somewhere between early eighties post-punk and the noughties revivalists such as Editors and Interpol.

The standout tracks 'Blacklist' and 'Pulse' are driven by the echoing factory floor percussion that powered the vintage taste making spotlight beam, causing everything up north to become illuminated. Whilst this release is unlikely to turn up trees it will at least give Draygo's Guilt the opportunity to climb up the food chain a little way and perhaps escape the toilet circuit.

It's quite interesting that the band will be playing a Christmas Party alongside Alan McGee since they appear to be the kind of band that would float the 'great' impresario's boat. Similar to Glasvegas (a band championed by McGee) Draygo's Guilt offer nothing new but they have the same happy knack of writing absorbing populist shout along anthems.

'Trust Me...' is worth a punt since it is currently available to download for free.