That Was Thenthis Is Now
The album title reflects the fact that there are new songs here, and a couple of songs whose origins stretch back even to the faraway days of the 1980s. One of these, 'Pain', was recorded to sound as 'live' as possible, in keeping with it's former incarnation as a hard-rocking, 'live' fave, reminiscent of The Doors. In contrast, the opening track, 'Mellow', is a short instrumental which has a gentle pastoral ambience dominated by a lone fingerstyle guitar. This peace is soon shattered, however, by the powerful, angry 'Greed!', a 'credit crunch' song which echoes bands such as The Psychedelic Furs, and Oasis (see also 'No More Drinkin''). Other resonances include The Byrds ('Beautiful White Moon' and 'Livin' A Lie'), and Radiohead ('Today'). The penultimate track, 'Visitation' - a sort of sub-prog/rock epic - muses on the notion of a link between religion and alien encounters. This is followed by 'I'll Miss U', a lazy, melancholic, end-of-the-day, end-of-the-album track - not unlike Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' - which fades to the sound of crickets (which some people can't hear!).