By on Sunday, 22nd April 2007 at 10:08 pm

Switches album coverWhilst most Sunday papers today have nominated Arctic Monkey’s return album as their “album of the week”, this week my band of the week is Switches, who release their debut album, “Heart Turned To Dead” tomorrow. This Essex four piece offer something that we all love – memorable, catchy guitar pop, with no strings attached. No fancy gimmick, no extensive backstory. Just Switches: Good music.

As they say themselves on their myspace, they are “music to fall in love to, dance to, shake your head to, shake your feet to, make some toast to, count to two hundred and twenty two to, clap your hands to, snap your cards to, drink a drink to, pull a sickie to, get dressed to, get undressed to, snd a txt msg 2, make a friend to, travel to texas and drink beer to” – in other words, like Oasis before them, a working class, peoples band. Throwbacks to the 60s, updated and made a bit better, Switches are instantly memorable, with tunes like “Lay Down The Law” and “Drama Queen” being perfect summer festival songs – keep an eye out for them when your at Glastonbury or your local major festival.

I saw them support We Are Scientists back in february at the NME awards show at the Astoria. Though they had to come on at 7pm, they still managed to electrify the audience more than the other two supports, one of the few bands that have managed this at all the gigs I’ve been to.

Whilst they may not be the most innovative band, they make great songs for getting ready to go out, then going out on a saturday night. If you get a chance, stop by a show or get their new album from your local record store from tomorrow.

(please note: I wrote this of my own accord… I’ve just realise I glow a bit too much about them!!)

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