Sevenout Feast Of Eden

Every band has to be influenced by earlier bands, but the trick is to pick worthwhile bands to emulate. And that’s where Sevenout go terribly awry. Feast Of Eden, their second album, is a homage to guitar rock of the ’70s. They make no attempt to add a new spin or even convince the world they are doing something ironic and clever — they just want to rock. And they are so convincing that they sound like a band that have been doing this for 30 years and haven’t changed one bit. There are times when it ends up sounding like early Bon Jovi, so if that’s what you are looking for, that’s what you’ll get. There’s really nothing special about Sevenout. There’s no denying they can play and can even write songs, but they are the embodiment of a very average band with their collective heads stuck in the past. (Orbital)