Sons and Daughters | DNO66
Sons and Daughters four members met and formed in Glasgow, where, says singer/guitarist Scott Paterson, "if you love music, you'll meet everyone else in the city who's into it." Not wanting to resort to placing anonymous small ads to recruit members to her putative band, future co-singer and songwriter Adele Bethel asked Paterson to join after she, bass and mandolin player Ailidh Lennon and drummer David Gow saw him play a solo live set.
Sons and Daughters began their infiltration of the States with lengthy tours with Franz Ferdinand and Clinic and with the release of a seven-track EP, Love The Cup. Both served to introduce their somewhat unenviable lyrical world of relationships that don't function and yet compel the two sides to go on warring and loving in their own twisted fashion. The music, no less compelling, scratches and screeches around them, recalling the Velvet Underground in its eerie minimalism and Smog in its bluesy urgency. The album hits its stride with the taut yet frenetic first single, "Dance Me In," a tune swirling in unresolved romantic tension. "Taste The Last Girl" reveals a surprising inspiration that Morrissey/Marr aficionados will identify with pleasure. Lastly, the album's closer is a dark, introspective tune that's the perfect soundtrack to a solitary night in. The Repulsion Box is an enthralling set of ten songs that further explore the quartet's queasy addiction to murder ballad lyrics and celebrate the vital, unpolished sound of a band who can nail a track in a single take.