Kicking off Season 2, Liam chats with The Centimes.
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Review by Jack Gunner.
Like the European currency unit they share a moniker with, Cambridge indie-pop trio The Centimes are both a relic from the past and timelessly current in their sound. The trifecta, formed of drummer and lead vocalist Amy Devine, guitarist Adam Woodsford and bassist and backing vocalist Jasmine Robinson, draw from a variety of influences from shoegaze to indie to Blondie-esque punk, describing themselves as a “far out three-piece-multi-harmonic-sepia-toned-rainbow-boned group”.
October 2013 saw the trio release their first single, and the subsequent year has seen them glide into the circle of Cambridge’s most talked about up and coming indie bands.
Little Table opens with a gloomy guitar into strongly reminiscent of PJ Harvey’s Stories from the City tracks, before launching into a simple, catchy alt-rock track with heavy Fleetwood Mac vibes.
I’m Fine kicks off gently with a slower beat reminiscent of the Corrigan-era, early Beautiful South numbers. A flurry of gentle notes floats dreamlike from the twelve string coupled with some great harmonisation and slow, hypnotic lead vocals.
Local Pool, (hopefully not Parkside), is a heady jangle-pop number, with some more outstanding vocal harmonisation, and a soft, steady drumbeat. "The party’s over, so find another party", the refrain repeats, and though the listener admires their resolve, one might think they could be out of look in Cambridge on a Wednesday night.
Stormy Tuesday jolts us with it’s punchy bass, over a playful shoegazy guitar - the influence from My Bloody Valentine is most apparent here, as if the Irish alt-rock titans had got lost in Cambridge, got stoned and gone punting. In perfect keeping with the hazy blues of the title, Devine’s vocals here are jaded but still determined.
The Centimes achieve something not too many bands do with this release – they sound like they’ve been playing together forever, with superbly neat harmonies and, through the use of the twelve string and acoustic bass, subtle yet powerful instrumental ability – eminently listenable and showing of great potential.
Panda Hut group selfie FTW.