…legendary British post punk band Local Heroes (SW9) are back in the studio and recording a third album, this time going by the name Commoner.
This site is often pretty sleepy, but since singer-guitarist Kevin Armstrong has been hanging about here lately, site stats have jumped, and I am getting a lot of hits on my original SW9 post in which I sang the praises of their first two albums from 1980-81.
Who reforms a band after 31 years? A certain ode springs to mind….
They shall grow not old, as we grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
Although photographs of the trio on Kevin’s website do show the lads looking somewhat more aged than their previous incarnation but they ain’t no MTV boy band so who cares, right? Is the music any good?
The preview track from the forthcoming third LP can be accessed by going here.
What do I think? Hard to tell from only one track but I like it so far. The guitar and voice reminds me of King Crimson on the albums Beat and Discipline, which is a fair turn-around from the trio’s first two records, but who knows what they’ve been listening to in the last 31 years? Generally, the song has the same melodic intelligence that the first two records had, but the bass is playing less of a role, I miss that personally, I loved the bass playing on the other records.
Looking forward to hearing more to see how the whole thing is going to fit together.