The pair have been friends since high school, and there is a bouncy and youthful ease that runs throughout ‘Beyond the Drone’. On ‘Young Vultures’ a fuzzy guitar is reminiscent of early Strokes, but leaves behind their underwhelmed insouciance, favouring a more gusto-filled vocal. ‘Sorry/Sadly’ offers up rollicking drums and a irresistible slide guitar. ‘Coming Home’ belongs on an indie film soundtrack, with sweet, layered vocals and gentle drums.
Enjoyed in the overall context of Peslak and Marion’s robust musical CVs, ‘Beyond the Drone’ is clearly the work of some talented musicians breaking out and having fun. But even without the back-story, there’s a clever intricacy to these guys’ nostalgic dog sketches which allows you to recognise that they have a ‘Guernica’ in them too.
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