Review : FAVOURITE SONS - Down Beside Your Beauty
SpinMixing despair with hesitant optimism on their visceral debut, Favourite Sons maintain the shoegazer vibe of frontman Ken Griffin's previous band, Rollerskate Skinny, but combine it with the uplifting psych pop of the other four Sons' now-defunct Aspera....full text
Crud MagazineFavourite Sons are, we’re led to believe, somewhat of a supergroup, comprised of members from underrated 90s psychedelic art-rock bands Rollerskate Skinny (in the case of frontman Ken Griffin) and Aspera (in the case of the rest). We mention this as it might be important to you; it’s just a fringe detail for us as, to the best of our knowledge, neither act ever garnered enough height to trouble Crud’s fussy lugholes. The story instead starts right here for us, but what a place to start. We might be wildly ignorant of the actual details of Favourite Sons’ times past, but you’d have to be as stunted as a crudely chiselled marble bust not to sense a history, the depth of that history, and the evolution that has been necessary to reach the fruits of this present time....full text
TrebleBy the time you get knee-deep into Down Beside Your Beauty the debut album from Brooklyn's Favourite Sons, you'll start doing double takes. Either because you were already a fan of frontman Ken Griffin's previous band, Rollerskate Skinny, or because you would swear you're hearing the voice of a singer who took lessons from both Ian McCulloch and Iggy Pop. There's no doubt that Griffin has a commanding voice, crooning and warbling like the above mentioned famous frontmen, and he truly leads this new five-piece marvel of a band....full text
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