Harbour / Mechanical Monkey Eyes / Lounge
With its punishing opening guitar riff that tears out of the speakers, HARBOUR, is a song that announces its presence with dark menace and dangerous intent. A cold electrical beat and slurred vocal melody keep things suitably mean and moody, until the chorus explodes in your face with its glorious fireball of thrashing dirty guitar chords and melodic vocals.
Daniel Nixon’s, voice with its dark threatening tone is like a cross between Liam Gallagher and Kurt Cobain, leering and menacing yet with enough warmth and melodicism to carry the songs.
MECHANICAL MONKEY EYES, a slower starting track opens on a clean repeating guitar riff and insistent drum beats. The vocals, this time more open and inviting draw you in with mesmerising intensity, all the while building to the inevitable explosion of guitars that hit you as the song progresses.
With its climactic second half of overdriven guitar brutality and impassioned vocal melodies, this is the sound of a band with the confidence and vision to be serious contenders in the UK rock scene over the coming year.
The more laid back mellow groove of, LOUNGE, just highlights this bands confidence. The jazzy guitar chords that play out over shuffling drum beats and finger clicks, are warm and soothing while the vocals play out in suitably laid back fashion. A sound comparable to Incubus at their Morning View best, (three.man.amp), sound like they’ve really hit their stride here, this has got all the makings of that perfect hungover sunday morning soundtrack, but with enough bite and intensity to also double as one of those great live cigarette lighters in the air rock moments.
A very impressive trio of songs, (three.man.amp), have the sounds and the songs to cause big noises over the next year or so. With a sound that’s pitched somewhere between the mellower likes of Incubus at their best and the harder rocking likes of Hundred Reasons or Idlewild, this is a band poised for big things.
The band formed in the mid-1990s as a four-piece named Concrete Dog. At the time, Concrete Dog consisted of: Daniel Nixon>Bass and Vocals, Pete Swatton>Drums, Gary Roberts>Guitar and Simon Edwards>Guitar.
After playing locally for a few years, and recording 3 demos, Simon left to work on his own project: Melaleuca.
The rest of Concrete Dog, staying as a 3 piece went on to record their first EP, and filmed the video to the lead track, Reach. The new video and EP were well received, and after some promotion the band began to negotiate a management deal. Working with the company for just over a year, promoting and gigging with the band in and around London, a difference of opinion led to the split from their management company. However the band had been working on a new set, and had put together 16 new songs. Now with all the money they had they begun work on their debut album, Wormhole.
Realising the strength in the new material, they decided to shoot their second promo video for the title track, Vanilla. This brought them to the attention (via an ad in NME) of a new independent music label, Fin Music.
After signing a three album deal in 2001 the initial release of the album was delayed due to financial difficulty. During this period the band embarked on a side project composing music to a short film – Platinum Souvenir, written and directed by Stuart Sewell.
By the end of the year it was obvious the Fin Music was in financial trouble and backing for the bands activities was not forthcoming. Rather than lose the rights to the Wormhole tracks, the band used a clause in the contract to break from Fin Music. At this stage, it was decided that the name Concrete Dog had become diluted as a result of the split from Fin Music. It was decided that Concrete Dog were to split and reform as (three.man.amp).
At the beginning of 2003, whilst preparing to record the new EP, they began rehearsing with Phil Mckenzie on bass guitar who had previously helped with the recording of Wormhole, on completion of recording Daniel decided he wanted to concentrate solely on singing, Phil was asked to join and they became a four piece once again.
At the end of a fantastic year with shows all over the country, radio play and great reviews they split with long term guitarist Gary at the beginning of 2004 for perso nalreasons.Nowfinetuningthesongswhichwillmakeup their second album the band are included on many industry distributed CDs and are looking for new financial backing.
- Daniel Nixon>Vocals/Guitar
Mechanical Monkey Eyes
Mike Bond - UKmusicsearch 2007