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Gentlemen, The - 2013 Departures



ARTIST: Gentlemen, The
ALBUM: Departures
LABEL: The Gentleman Music Ltd
SERIAL: TGCD001
YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Nicholas Rognli-Oslen Noble - vocals, piano * Sean D'Souza Walsh - guitars, synthesizers, vocals * Joel Cana - drums, percussion, vocals * Josh Cana - bass, keyboards, guitar and vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Can Have A Disco * 02 Words * 03 New York Girl * 04 Jump In The Ocean * 05 This Is It * 06 Twenty Seven Days * 07 We Don't Want No Trouble * 08 Lights Of Tokyo * 09 Another Day * 10 I Won't Let You Down * 11 A Little Bit Foreign * 12 Under These Skies * 13 Two Bottles * 14 This Is Where

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WEBLINKS: www.facebook.com/TheGentlemenMusicUK


Background
This four piece are based in the steel town of Sheffield, so straight to important stuff, are they United or Wednesday supporters? Well I don't know, that don't look the football type in all honesty, but what do I know? in fact what does the general public of England know? From a country that only appreciates one group from Sheffield, that being the (Awful) Arctic Monkeys, the last time anyone has produced music using such an overstated dialect so pronounced was from The Singing Postman, 'Hev yew gotta loight boy'. While I'm at it, add in the ginger kid with the ukulele and a country who would readily vote for millionaires, we are know who they are and tune in to watch Strictly Come Dancing, and what the hell is Tumble all about, I'm waiting for the next new show being Celebrities again filling up school playgrounds with Celebrity Marbles. The point here I'm making (yes very long winded as usual), is that after three albums, The Gentlemen have called it a day. When they managed to record one of the best albums produced by a British band in the last 10 years, totally unnoticed, shame of you England. I first become aware of The Gentlemen this year when they supported The Feeling. The last time a support group made such an impression on me was way back when Dokken supported AC/DC, bit of lie because my incentive was just to watch Dokken, AC/DC just seem to pass me by that evening. While they didn't top The Feeling, I did came away annoyed that I hadn't brought enough money with me to buy this album. When I finally obtained a copy, some of the songs I immediately remembered, and it had been a good 4 months after the event, which shows what a good job they did that night. So what is involved here musically, yes The Feeling is a good starting point, but they are also mixing in lots of other pop influences old and new. But this is quite complex pop music, surges of Prince, Level 42 but also some lost rock groups of the past, which I will come onto later, just hopefully to maintain your interest. Their website states they are electro pop; well that description is still lost on me.


The Songs
'We Could Have A Disco' is like bringing Francis Dunnery back to front It Bites, not all that current prog stuff they are producing at the moment, it's just stunning. Whether it's the Brit pop guitars of Cast, or if Level 42 decides to play bass like Sid Vicious or just have 2 strings like D.A.D, the fact is that in my youth, discos were never this much fun.

While 'Words' is a more melodic Simple Minds, especially in the guitar department, but could easily be a chorus subset of AOR and westcoast, let Richard Marx cover this, this isn't a ballad it's more like a melodic ride of unlimited vertical uplift, certainly no downside.

I love the pre chorus in 'New York Girl', with the part of 'she', which falls into Mr Mister, this is an all-star rock mix made up of Wang Chung, Spacehog, Angie Aparo, even The Outfield, with a dash of AOR from Rio.

They don't mind adding very strange interpretations to their songs, take the vocal deliveries on 'Jump In The Ocean', all over the place and lyrically a number of steps to the left, yes it may come across a touch pretentious, but to me it works and they come across as an immensely talented four piece. They have come up with their own style.

The guitar hopping is celebrated on the pop thrash of 'This Is It', the nearest current group producing music like this are the Hampshire based rock band, Canterbury, whose album 'Dark Days', I have been planning to add an article on.

ABC and Yazoo are the strange mixture that makes up 'Twenty Seven Days', pumping melodic goodness, and the high point being the aerobatics of the more simple 'We Don't Want No Trouble' which is just so memorable, obviously written in the early hours of the morning outside a Kebab House!

I'm running out of paper, just to say all the remaining tracks work, the funk of 'Lights Of Tokyo', the synth infusion of 'Another Day' is The Cure, The Associates at the onset to be replaced by the mighty Outfield again, that pre chorus raises the boiling point. The springtime simplicity of the acoustic led 'I Won't Let You Down' and the complexity of 'A Little Bit Foreign', which has a Pearl Jam rock roar cut embedded in the soul of it, lyrically more than impressive. The summer blast of 'Under These Skies', to the autumn rush of 'Two Bottles' and the winter chill and reflection of 'This Is Where', gives a taste of all four seasons in just one album.


In Summary
No wonder they jacked it in, if they can record an album full of songs as well as these and fail to sell a million. During a period where they have managed to record a string of 3 albums and have shown they have the ability to compose pop versions of rock classics that could have come from the mind of Butch Walker. These guys are far too good to disappear but The Gentlemen have made their excuses and have departed. To wrap up, there has been some great music from these shores over the last couple of years, with the likes of The Feeling, Canterbury, Ginger along with the actor Matt Berry, I just wished The Gentlemen could have stuck around a little longer, to everyone else be a little more adventurous this year, locate this album and play it, remember as Nazareth mentions on their last album, you have only one set of bones.


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#1 | englandashes on February 02 2018 23:42:06
Still one of my favourite albums, totally underrated.
#2 | Explorer on February 03 2018 19:02:23
Not quite sure why I didn't pick up on this review at the time. I`m off to investigate.
#3 | Nick C on February 03 2018 20:39:18
Oh my hooked again.
You know there's so much fantastic music that passes us by - maybe because it's not in our immediate sphere of interest, so it's super great that people here pick up on stuff. It doesn't take much just to reach outside that sphere and catch something special, just reach out your finger tips and it will come, it's dying to be found. There's so much that WILL pass us by that you should grab hold when someone introduces you to something like this so thanks Englandashes.

All the songs I listened to I thought were pretty ace, quirky very English but the song This is Where has blown me away.
I snagged the 3 CDs for pennies over £5 – how did great music become so cheap ? (but not worthless!) But at the same time it's tinged with sadness that the band is over, sad really that stuff like this never got what it deserved while fake superficial lifestyle music fills the radio waves and makes our children dumber and less adventurous by the minute .......and you're 3-4 years too late to save these guys.
#4 | englandashes on February 03 2018 20:56:50
Thank you Malcolm and Nick, you totally made my day, even Year, just wanted someone to actually listen too this album, I am the same, didn’t appreciate this guys until it was over, wonder what they are up to, again many thanks guys, much appreciated.
#5 | Explorer on February 03 2018 22:04:31
This is the very reason why GDM is the best around, we are willing to look outside our usual 'comfort zone',and what with the catholic (little c) tastes of our membership this review is a testament to our open mindedness.
 
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