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.
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.