Canterbury – Thank You

By paul

Well it’s about fucking time.

Two years after the band originally hit the studios to record ‘Thank You’, it’s now available (for free download no less) for the masses. Having paid their dues on the touring circuit and with notable support slots alongside Billy Talent and Hundred Reasons this winter, things seem to finally be falling in to place for the Surrey five-piece. ‘Thank You’ is the cold hard evidence of a band deserving, and while the cynics may cite the album’s delayed release as a marketing ploy, it’s been more than worth the wait.

The thing that strikes me most about ‘Thank You’ is that even though these songs were recorded two years back, they sound very current, very 2009. The dance-rock sound of ‘Eleven, Twelve’ and ‘Take Me Out Of The Wall’ is something that we’re all digging right now (admit it!) and with a cracking dual-vocal dynamic leading the whole parade, it’s radio friendly but creative enough to appeal to even the most anti-conformist of PT readers. The sheer musicality of the cryptically titled trio of ‘Accident”, “Ambulance’ and ‘Hospital’ is something musicians twice these guys’ age strive to achieve.

‘Thank You’ is a cohesive album that flows from start to finish, but equally it’s an album of eleven potentially massive hits. ‘Hometime’ and ‘Friends? We’re More Like A Gang’, should they be released as singles, have the potential to blow these guys up big-time. I’m thinking You Me At Six big. Punktastic highly recommends you go get this free, downloadable, diamond of an album and then sit and wait for it to surface in those end of year ‘Best Album’ lists – it’s going to be in a few.

Thank you Canterbury, thank you.

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