PENNILESS Anola (Ulftone 2002)
A Finnish band comprising of Lasse Alisaari (drums), Ossi Alisaari
(vocals/guitar), Pekka Alisaari (vocals/guitar), Kimmo Kurittu (bass) and
Mikko Pere (guitar). ‘Black Crows’ opens the album, a fine melodic rocker
with some distorted feedback guitar. ‘Beautiful’ is like a more melodic
Pixies track, complete with chiming guitars. ‘Adam’s Apple Pie’ has been a
radio hit already in many countries and this track would make a good single,
with its melodic backdrop. ‘My Points’ is a spacey ballad, with some
refrained acoustic guitar. ‘Heaven Is A Lie’ is a bit throwaway but the
following tracks such as ‘Addicted’ and ‘Summer’ keep the standard up.
The band put melody first and then adds crunching rock guitar. They have
their own style but are comparable to Smashing Pumpkins, the Pixies or Live.
A band to watch out for.
Review by Jason Ritchie