Jodi Biddle

Charlie Mayfair

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I’m not shy about my love for Charlie Mayfair. So when I got their new (ish) EP Watch My Hands I was super-duper extra excited. Have you ever seen these guys live? Holy shit. Lead singer Hannah just breaks your heart with every perfectly crafted note, and the harmonies, they’ll tear you apart with their breathless beauty. Gush gush gush. This is a set of very technically accomplished young people.

But Watch My Hands isn’t perfect. In fact, it’s a bit flat, considering they only had five songs to wow everybody. Maybe a little bit too many acrobatic harmonies, maybe a bit too melancholy. Despite this, I’m happy. There are the building blocks of an amazing band here; evidenced by the gorgeous ‘If I Fell Down’.

In my mind, there’s nothing better than watching a band grow and develop. I always feel a bit sad when I come across a debut that’s perfect because it means there’s nowhere to go. So go out and get this lovely beginning to a lovely band.

P.S. Did I mention you should see these guys live? No seriously. Go see them live. They’re playing a bunch of dates in the next few weeks, check out their MySpace for details.

2 Responses to Charlie Mayfair

  1. Darragh September 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I never know what to make of these guys. On one hand, their music is charming, but I dislike the way they dress. I’m no fashion guru by any measure, but their clothes just annoy me.

    Maybe I’m just jealous.

  2. Matt O'Neill September 6, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I quite like this band. I think they have a really gorgeous sound and their EP and live show both have a shitload of awesome moments. Their one flaw (or one significant flaw) is that they write harmonies and hooks – not songs. Granted, those harmonies and hooks are usually pretty badass but take them away and there isn’t much left for the band. They are young, though, so I’m sure they’ll fix that issue eventually.

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