First off I want to apologise to The Cairds for how long it’s taken me to talk about their new EP but things have been going on in my life that have stopped me until now but now that I’ve got a chance it’s all I want to talk about. It really was good and I just wish I’d been able to get around to it sooner.
Next before we go on to the actual review I want to say a little about the band; The Cairds are a three man outfit from Kilmarnock and thereabouts and it’s really good to have another local band putting out great material like this. I hadn’t heard about this band before I put out a post seeking Ayrshire bands for Interview/Reviews but when I asked about I heard that they were a good bunch of guys and I now having listened to them I can say that they’re a great band. The Cairds are made up of Andy Kerr (Vocals/Guitar) Adam MacDonald (Bass/Vocals) Blair Innes (Drums) and together they’ve put together a fantastic EP.
‘The Buck stops here’ has a drum intro that I loved, it’s not too heavy but adds a counterpoint to the vocals which are very strong and remind me a little of Oasis. I liked this song and I think i’ll be humming it for weeks. Plus towards the end of the track there is a great little guitar hook that’s just incredible.
‘Poisonous games’ has my favourite intro by far, its a nice balance of instruments before the vocals kick in. I’d say this has a little more going on than in the first track which may be why I liked it a little better. Like most of the tracks on this EP I think I’ll find myself thinking about them for a while, this song particularly got stuck in my head since I first had a chance to listen to it. It also has a really good remix which you can check out here on Youtube and I’d like to say at least in my opinion it’s better than the original.
‘Going Nowhere fast’ changes tact a little from the first couple of songs and is far more upbeat, switching to an acoustic guitar which is always a good sound. I can’t quite place what I liked most about it because the entire EP is quite strong but this one got me replaying it a few times before I was satisfied and that’s really the best you can hope for in a song. I think while the acoustic track makes it a far more upbeat song it’s quite mellow as well it’s not going to have you up on your feet dancing, but maybe that’s not what it’s meant to do.
‘Maybe One Day’ mirrors the buck stops here because both start with a drum Intro but Maybe One Day is distinctly heavier and has a little more volume to it. This song has more bite than the others in the EP. I loved the guitar in it which weaves in and out through the lyrics and gives them more edge.
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