The Woe Betides / Never Sleep
Ed Spencer checks out the "Clever, experimental and poppy" new album from The Woe Betides...
The Woe Betides
(Songs In The Dark)
This is a record of many parts, and it’s all the better for it. These boys have a refined pop sensibility and an ear for a decent melody, yet there’s also a certain steel to this album that runs throughout, right from the tough electronic beats of opener ‘On The Wheel’ through to stand out track ‘The Ape, the Owl and the Satellite’.
There is much to enjoy here and repeated listens will reward, not least with the radio-friendly singalong ‘Sylvia’ and its potent lyric; “You’re a terrible person but I’ll never love anyone else”.
There’s certainly a lot to digest amongst the stabbing drums and crunchy, detuned guitars. Notable highlights include the psychedelic groove and chanted vocals of ‘Bone on Bone’, while the Weezer-esque guitars and melody on ‘This Head, This Heart’ fits the song’s plea for emotional intelligence (“All I want is to be better for you/ but this head is bigger than this heart”).
Clever, experimental and poppy, this album’s got a heart that beats in myriad ways.