>Having seen Oliver Stone’s JFK for the first time, here are my considered observations:
- After three hours of a movie, both my buttocks go numb
- Back and to the left back and to the left back and to the left ZOMG BLACK OPS!!1!!!1!!
- If any film was destined to be identified as a ‘dizzying tour de force’ by lazy journalists and film students everywhere, this was it.
It’s hard not to be entirely in thrall with such a brilliant assembly-job like JFK. It pulls so many different strands together with such intelligence and coherence, it doesn’t really matter if the story itself is bananas or not.
Today’s New Band pull off a similar trick, I suppose. In Grenada have created a dense, warm, attractive sound by fusing the old and the new, the grand and the slight.
Broken Castle is what the Arcade Fire might sound like if they weren’t so humourless – it’s a cheery, clobbering romp. Beating Heart, suitably pulsating, throbs with drive and determination. In these songs, they sound world-weary and happy to be alive all at once.
Whatever it is that their songwriter eats for breakfast, I want some, because all of In Grenada’s songs are urgent and confident, piledriving their folksy melodies into a bigger rock template. Need vim? Need vigour? Listen here!