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4 stars Does Rush knows about this band?

They should at least listening to it. Tiles is a band that I cherish a lot. A lot. Finding them was for me the biggest musical treat of the past year. No kidding, they are witty, skilled but at the same time there's such a simplicity and a heart warming formula that immediately striked me. Okay, their main influence is Rush, but they do as well in many ways.

With Rush, Tiles shares good guitar solos, drums fills and high perched vocals. But Tiles is more constant in their albums. The last 5 of Rush studio albums are packed with by- product filler, leaving a terrible aftertaste of half-assed product. Yes, the best years of Rush are far, far behind...

But the best years of Tiles are right now. Their albums shares all a same taste for the late 70's sound, with minimal approach and raw textures. This is what I like the most: the power chords, the big toms crescendos and the simple, unelaborated vocals. The fact that they're backed by Terry Brown and Hugh Syme is the icing on the cake, but it really gels in the long run.

This album is the roots of Tiles. Kinda of a ragged road, with bumps and mistakes, but in the end many (but kinda alike) good songs are breaking the ice.

When influences are well channelled, like here, sounding like your heroes is not a sin. You simply take back the torch and continue the legacy.

Give other Tiles album a chance. This is a band to discover.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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