Single Review: Black Soul Strangers – The Haunting

March 5, 2010

Black Soul StrangersTitle: The Haunting
Artist: Black Soul Strangers
Label: Squeek Records
Release Date: 14 March 2010
In One Word: Fetching

When you search for ‘haunting’ in a dictionary, what seems to be a re-occurring definition is ‘remaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten’ and that is exactly what Black Soul Stranger’s latest single, “The Haunting”, is; its certainly not quickly forgotten.

Hailing from Ireland, assumptions could be made that they’ll be ‘the next Ash’ but these assumptions are quickly dismissed as Black Soul Stranger’s music is quite obviously inspired by musical legends such as Joy Division and Damon Albarn.

“The Haunting” gives the audience just under 4 minutes of thrilling and bone-tingling poetry, which is stashed alongside infectious hooks similar to those of The Temper Trap. Overall, a very good effort from the Irish four-piece and I hope that their debut album, Animate which is scheduled for release in May 2010, offers more fare of this standard.

© Lauren Towner, Music Vice

(n.b. We don’t normally review singles – hence this being filed under ‘album reviews’ – but occasional exceptions this will be made, when worthy, as in this case to introduce a promising new band.  – Brian, Editor)


2 Responses to Single Review: Black Soul Strangers – The Haunting

  1. Tom Green on March 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    These guys are awesome – really great band both in the studio and live.

  2. Nick Smith on March 18, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Went to see these last night at Underbelly, Hoxton and really enjoyed the gig. Thought their music was fresh and exciting but with a Familiarity which makes you think you’ve heard the song 100’s of times. Will be buying the album without doubt.

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