The Great Curve- Battlecat review
Battlecat is great example of the strength of the alternative scene in the North East of England. The scene has been responsible for Dire Straits, The Animals, Sting and more recently Maximo Park. This shows the potential of Newcastle's alternative scene and The Great Curve has shown some inspiration in this field. The sweet light and dark elements of their song writing is evident in Battlecat, and provides interesting aspects to a genre that is saturated in familiarity and similarities. Being a lighter shade of Lonely The Brave, Agent Fresco or Black Peaks, but a darker shade of Catfish &The Bottlemen, Biffy Clyro or Mystery Jets, Battlecat definitely shows the less common tones of alternative rock. This is a credit to The Great Curve, as they have managed to create music that still retains its unique tone among a highly saturated, but successful, genre.
Featuring members from Grandfathers Birds, Dead Waltz and Deerhart, its easy to see how they've managed to mix into a cohesive but distinctive group. With almost a quarter of the song being intro, Battlecat starts of slow, but sets the tone for the music nicely; despite its length, it doesn't feel like it drags or causes any loss of interest. After the intro, the vocals come in: the vocals are clearly one of the key points as to why The Great Curve has such potential. It really takes Battlecat to another level of quality that wouldn't be possible without such a solid vocal performance. Amongst this all, the strong backline and mix of guitars that were evident from the introduction play an important part in the build up to the choruses that are the highlight of the song.
Without a change in tone, the back and forth between the main vocals and the impressive backing vocals creates an imposing chorus that is complemented by the tone set up throughout the song.
Overall, the importance of the tone in every aspect of the song, and how its managed to be conserved throughout, shows the ability of The Great Curve and their aptitude for crafting songs that are able to hold their own in one of the hardest genres to break in to.