Consisting of Jonathan Noonan (Guitar and Vocals), Fraser MacDonald (Bass) and David McCallum (Drums), Pseudo Satellites were in the studio recording their first EP before they’d even played live. Cutting all four tracks in a mammoth thirteen hour recording session in Erskine (see our feature elsewhere in the magazine), these guys are Scottish born and bred but rather than chasing on the coat tails of the likes of Twilight Sad and Biffy Clyro instead they go for the riotous energy of Feeder and the potent alt-rock of Smashing Pumpkins.

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Opener ‘Chasing Flames’ is a potent mix of urgency and nihilism with a slight slur in the vocals reminiscent of Pete Doherty of The Libertines and Babyshambles whilst ‘City of Illusion’ features lyrics and a guitar riff reminiscent of Muse, though the vocals don’t hit the glass-tinkling registers Matt Bellamy is capable of ascending to. ‘Details’ opens with echoing vocals then unfurls into a mid-tempo melodic strum that offers a chance for the listener to draw breath before the more dynamic final assault of ‘Horizon’. The closer is a little one-dimensional but there’s a scrappy energy to the final chorus which is quite endearing. A promising start.

[Max Sefton]

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