Ralph has given The Deadline Shakes a spin on the Radio KC Indie Show a few times now so it's no surprise he was relishing the release of their album Zealots.
From the lead track, the bright and bouncy Bad Spot In A Bad Year to the closer Boy they've created a beautiful soundscape of sonorific light and shade.
It's like a squidgy mix of Prefab Sprout and Deacon Blue, but with a sometimes quirkier, more contemporary feel as The Deadline Shakes plough their own furrow.
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The Deadline Shakes have released the album on Glasgow's Flowers In The Dustbin Records, the album's full of radio-friendly tracks, some of which have a familiar feel, like an old, favourite jumper.
Frozen Out; which was released as a single, is a case-in-point with its uplifting chorus which seems to draw on folkier Waterboys-like themes.
The Deadline Shakes take a sharp turn with the jazzier A Little Waiting While and follow up with the funkier, heavier Don't You Be Too Cool which has a more Alt/Pop feel.
For some, there may be too much going on throughout this album of 13 tracks, but for me each track peaks my interest anew.
All in all, it's an accomplished blend of folky, poppy, jazzy musicality that demands to be heard.