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Charlie Big Time - Sale or Return EP

  by Dixie Ernill

published: 8 / 4 / 2014

Charlie Big Time - Sale or Return EP
Label: Jigsaw Records
Format: CDS


Splendid indie pop on new EP from thoughtful Bolton-based band, Charlie Big Time

Released on the excellent American based indie label Jigsaw Records, Charlie Big Time’s current EP is also their finest release to date. The hints of Johnny Marr-like guitar lines remain, but the subtlety of the Trash Can Sinatras, in their quieter moments, also appears to be a welcome influence. Lyrically Matt Pendlebury mixes the kitchen sink drama of everyday life with the gritty romance of Northern England to put himself right up there with fellow local wordsmiths such as Liam Frost, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and probably most closely Roger Quigley of vastly underrated At Swim Two Birds and the Montgolfier Brothers fame. Opening track, 'A Sunday Afternoon Well Spent', the most musically upbeat on the EP, is a real gem, but the title track is the stunning highlight. A hazy summer’s night of a song that really showcases the harmonies between Matt and Beth Arzy and brings to mind the beautiful interplay of the late Grant McLennan and Amanda Brown in their Go-Betweens heyday. The remaining two tracks are far from throwaway too. Both would have easily graced any Sarah Records band Blueboy release with ease. With an LP due later this year, do not let this band slip from your radar

Track Listing:-
1 A Sunday Afternoon Well Spent
2 Sale or Return
3 Pitiful, Delightful and Alarming
4 From the Cradle to the Bar

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