Red Track - Wait Around EP

With much more exciting and innovative bands filling the shelves of record stores, it's a case of right band, wrong time.

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Released 28 Jul 2008 | | By Chris Cummins | Rating: 2-5
Red Track - Wait Around EP

Another week, another indie band - it seems the indie conveyor belt just keeps on churning them out. Red Track are the latest young upstarts to enter into the fray, with the release of the four track EP 'Wait Around'.

The opening riff of title track does little to excite. It's a simple punchy power chord riff accompanied by a simple 4/4 beat, resulting in a bland generic indie pop song. This trend continues throughout the EP with all four songs being underpinned by a repetitive guitar riff with very little musical variety.

Not that they're bad songs - they're just not very good. Lyrically there are some clever moments: "life is full of peaks and troughs, so turn off Elliot Smith and get a grip". They even manage to include a snipe at the state of the record industry: "I'll serenade Richard Branson, and Virgin records will pay us millions, to say we've heard of them."

The young lads seem to find themselves in a state of limbo between Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks. Three years ago this would have been a compliment and they would have surely had record labels and fans begging for more. However with much more exciting and innovative bands filling the shelves of record stores, it's a case of right band, wrong time. One thing Red Track do have on their side is their youth - hopefully over the next few years they can push the limits of their musicianship and songwriting and create something truly outstanding.