Make Model - The Was

True, the climax may not match the near-religious fervour of a certain Arcade Fire, who for too obvious, dumb reasons the band are often compared with.

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Released 20 Nov 2007 | | By Jon Parry | Rating: 4
Make Model - The Was

After a self-released debut single in July ('LSB') and only a handful of glowingly reviewed gigs, comes second single 'The Was' and on this evidence, the buzz surrounding Glaswegian sextet 'Make Model' seems entirely justified.

Released this time by EMI, 'The Was' exhibits the band's inspired power pop infusion with aplomb. Singers Lewis Gale and Aimi Gold's vocal interplay is akin to Talking Heads', but lyrically they exploit their boy-girl dynamic. At the song's climax, with all the pop hooks and LCD Soundsystem-like electronica garnish spread over the previous two minutes coming gloriously together, 'Make Model' tantalisingly romps across the thin unfathomable line between sexual powerlessness and release as Gold sweetly belts out the chorus lyric, "Comatose stone/Softening the blow" while Gale warbles "You're just a solid broken wall".

True, the climax may not match the near-religious fervour of a certain Arcade Fire, who for too obvious, dumb reasons the band are often compared with. But how can it when for the previous two minutes Gale delivers a silly rhymed Eighties-like anthem with the self-deprecating humour of Huey Lewis?

If Make Model were indeed assembled to 'cheer up' ex-Fickle Public frontman Gale after the loss of his brother in 2005, what better way, you sense, is there than to write gloriously infectious feel-good indie pop smattered with mock-self-pitying lines?19/11/07Jon Parry