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Rotary Ten - These Are Our Hands

  by Dixie Ernill

published: 3 / 6 / 2008

Rotary Ten - These Are Our Hands
Label: Xtra Mile
Format: CD


Fine debut album from Lincolnshire band, Rotary Ten, which merges mid 80's jangle-pop with the twisted alternative guitar sounds of recent bands such as Maximo Park and We Are Scientists

It has taken nearly 5 years for Lincolnshire 4-piece, Rotary Ten, to finally release their debut long player with only a couple of limited singles and the odd compilation appearance to whet our appetites in the meantime. Whilst the delay may have allowed other bands to steal a march on them, it has enabled Rotary Ten to put together a collection songs worth the wait. Updating the fundamentals of mid-80’s jangle-pop with the twisted guitar chimes of recent bands such as Maximo Park and We Are Scientists, Rotary Ten have created a fine debut long player. Opening with excellent debut single, 'Idols Of Our Own Design', the quality of their songs hardly dips throughout the whole album as James Trafford’s clever lyrics more than do the band’s music justice. 'Counting At Me' is even better than 'Idols..' and starts a breathtaking quartet of tracks that form a stunning centre-piece to the record. 'I Fear The Field' including the lyric that provides the album with its title, second single 'We Travelled Without Mentioning It' and the beautiful 'Leo and Rosa' completing the four. There is still time for 'These Men Are Made Of Rust' and 'Strategy' to further enhance the album’s quality. Rotary Ten may still be unknown, but remember the name – they could well be the next big thing….

Track Listing:-
1 Idols of Our Own Design
2 Time Is Not a Line, And I Am Not a Rock
3 Counting at Me
4 I Fear the Field
5 We Travelled Without Mentioning It
6 Leo and Rosa
7 These Men Are Made of Rust
8 Action Man
9 Stick Stick Stick
10 Strategy
11 Don't Lean on the Wires

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Kro Bar, Manchester, 28/3/2008
Rotary Ten - Kro Bar, Manchester, 28/3/2008
On a wet and cold Friday night, and with eveything running nearly an hour behind schedule, Dixie Ernill still finds much to recommend in promising Sheffield indie guitar band Rotary Ten's short, but energetic set at a band night at the Kro Bar in Manchester

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