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Album Review: MGB – For The Ones We Knew

Machine Gun Baby – For the Ones We Knew

Find yourself longing for those days when grunge was at the forefront of rock music? Are you still hankering for a return to form from Eddie Vedder? Then For The One’s We Knew , the brand new EP from Machine Gun Baby (or MGB as they’re now known) could be just for you.

Oh yes, let’s get it out of the way. Technically the release is called For The One’s We Knew . I know I’m being pedantic, but it’s one thing having extraneous apostrophes in your press releases, but on the sleeve of your actual releases? That’s just disappointing. But I won’t hold it against For The One Is We Knew. I’ll judge the music for the music.

‘Judgement Day’ is a decent opener, with a big bravado chorus and all the hallmarks of a band raised on music straight from Seattle in the 1990s. ‘Track Eight’ is the second tune on here, and it’s not as rocking, even hinting at Kings of Leon at times. It’s alright too.

See where I’m going with this? ‘On My Way’ is like U2-infused-grunge. And yes, it’s alright too. Not great, but not bad either. The whole EP, all five songs are just okay. Nothing amazing, nothing special, and perhaps most importantly: nothing new. It feels as if we’ve been here before with countless other Irish rock bands, and we’ll tread these waters again. A very, very average debut.

Oh and before I forget, the press release states: “‘For The One’s We Knew’ is expected to receive critical acclaim.” That’s ballsy.

[xrr rating=2.5/5]

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