The Sleeves are like a blast from the past [Review]

The Sleeves are like a blast from the past [Review]

Second album shows Hong Kong-based band having fun

Seven years after their first album, Arcade Rock, Hong Kong-based band The Sleeves recently released their long overdue second effort Deliverance – 51 minutes of brazen guitar solos and driving rock songs of a bygone era.

Opener Out On The Dance Floor Get What You Ask For sets the template for what’s to come, with a punchy rolling beat, fuzzy bass lines and a Kasabian-esque bravado from frontman Keith Goodman. Freedom Now shows the band at their most diverse, mixing Rage Against The Machine-style riffs with mid-tempo 90s Brit-rock and a punk/reggae verse, while Broken Key proves one of the highlights, with the moody post-punk tinge you might expect from 80s acts Joy Division or The Chameleons.

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Despite this pool of inspiration to draw upon, many of the tracks, such as The Menace, Girl and Angel of the North end up sounding a bit like Oasis pub rock anthems.

Deliverance sounds like The Sleeves are having fun, and also like a band caught up in the past. It would definitely be great to hear these tracks live.

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Like a blast from the past


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