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A Little Bitter | ‘Misconstrued’ Demo

I like this demo. But even at that, there are several testing and niggling points that really need adressed, and which in the bigger picture may well be liable to hinder rather than help this three piece.

Everything is executed in perfect Adult Oriented Rock fashion, with an occasional harder edge, which makes it a good bet for repeat spinning as we come into summer.

But although the delivery is more or less flawless, with impeccable hard rock musicianship and consistently good vocals, it’s a bit of a magpie effort.

Opener ‘Constantly Raining’ does it’s grown up rock thing before launching into that typical chromatic chord ascension that anyone who has ever clapped ears on Megadeth will instantly recognise as a patent applied for quite some years ago.

Overt and blatant inspiration also comes from a less obvious source on “Over”, which, and I have to be brutal here, straight out rips off The Smiths’ classic “Barbarism Begins at Home” from the epochal “Meat Is Murder”.

The clean guitar is practically the same, the bass follows the same bounce, and the drums lock likewise. To my ear at least it is more or less direct theft, and I would challenge anyone to prove me wrong on it.

It may only be a small part of this actual track, but it is so blatant as to leave a very sour taste in the mouth. And thats the shame of it, because these guys are so able. Perfectly played and very enjoyable, but at the end of the day, who are A Little Bitter?

On the basis of these three songs I still dont know what their sound actually is. Also – “Patches of damp cover my pillow / from explosions of joy” – did I just hear that lyric for real?

Earl Grey ::: 07/06/05

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