Boomkat Product Review:
After a singles campaign perhaps better described as an onslaught, The Cazals finally arrive at their debut album: What Of Our Future, sporting a title that invites a curt reply. Although true to the band's shoddy form they've omitted the question mark. Typical. In addition to finding their home at Kitsune, Cazals have toured Japan with Daft Punk and have shows lined up with Erol Alkan and Digitalism. Like Phoenix, Cazals are an indie rock band immersed and embedded in (mostly French) dance culture, though while Thomas Mars and co. make wearing nice suits and sounding a bit like The Strokes seem like an artform unto itself, Cazals come across as rather more gruff and unrefined, largely due to the pub rock growl of vocalist Phil, whose surly tones render the hokey, lovelorn lyrics of 'Somebody, Somewhere' downright absurd. The band are eminently capable of despatching big choruses when necessary, and aren't short of decent riffs either - check out the 'Crazy Train'-like guitar part on 'To Cut A Long Story Short' - but it all seems a tad devoid of depth or any real emotional resonance, and while functional, and often perfectly respectable, Cazals do come across as the eternal support band, lacking that necessary extra... something, that could make the difference between being ordinary and extraordinary.