MISSING ANDY – GENERATION SILENCED
Released 16th October 2011 (Invasion Records)
Words: Emma Lawrence
If you don’t know who Missing Andy are, then you really should. Because I sense that 2012 may just be their year! They have just released their much anticipated debut album “Generation Silenced” this month, and its sure to be a hit with the kids.
The album is filled with upbeat songs of social commentary, and single “Kings for the Weekend” is a definite stand out track, with its happy guitar and dancy drum beat you can’t help but tap your feet to it. The song is about just having a good time with your friends, which is something that I’m sure the band target audience can probably understand. The other stand out track for me was “Indie Kid”, which seemed slightly ironic, just because they seem to be taking the mickey out of their fans, people with pretentious haircuts and jeans that are too tight for them, they could lose some fans with this one track! But I see the funny side of it as I’m sure most of you guys will too.
Amongst the happy upbeat tunes are two slower gem’s that build and build to reveal great drum beats and guitar riffs!“Rain on my Parade” is the first, it’s a slow burner and a track that reaches a crescendo as it gets closer to the end, with big powerful guitars and storming vocals. The piano in it gives it a nice ‘pop’ edge too. Next up is, “SCUM” another slow track, which much in the same vein of “Rain on my Parade”. A grim social commentary on how young people are seen today by their elder counterparts.
Overall the album is good and lead singer Alex Greaves mix of melodical vocals and ‘rap’ parts in the songs bode well for the band. I get the impression that Missing Andy wants people to know what they are thinking about life as a 20something in London, and I understand where they are coming from with it. In Missing Andy I see what Hard-Fi could have had, if they hadn’t sold out and started designing the side of beer bottles instead of making music! But Missing Andy give more, and the aggression in their songs is heard and hopefully understood by their listeners. They are a band that have a bright future, keep up the good work boys!