Boomkat Product Review:
The very excellent Spokes have been around for a while now (peep their epic debut ‘People Like People Like You’), but it is with ‘Everyone I Ever Met’ that they make their most substantial statement as a band. Sidestepping the post-rock styling’s of its predecessor, this sophomore album is their first foray into 'proper' songs, and what songs they are. Comparisons are likely to be made to The Arcade Fire (look – fancy instrumentation!) and to be honest you could even draw parallels with classic Pink Floyd (especially in the album’s introspective third act), but Spokes manage to do their own thing simply by sticking to their guns and producing amazing songs delivered with intensity and honesty. There are no half-hearted attempts to break new ground or lacklustre swipes at some hip new genre or other – this is just great music, and in that Spokes are pretty much out there on their own right now. Just check the sublime orchestral opener ‘3, 4, 5’, the noisy and deliriously catchy ‘Torn up In Praise’ or the lengthy title track and you’ll know you’re in the presence of something quite special. ‘Everyone I Ever Met’ is a record that deserves success, so buy it, love it, and tell yer friends about it!