LOST AVENUE: Fears: LP/CD

I like records that initially confound and challenge me and Fears is one that certainly did that on the first few spins. I couldn’t tell what the band was trying to do: was it rock? Was it punk? Was it indie? The distinctive vocals even nodded towards metal at times, whilst a good handful of the songs would be in the center of a Venn diagram containing the three styles above. It was only after about half a dozen plays that I realized I didn’t care and that I was just enjoying the majority of songs enough to have me singing along to them. This Northern Irish trio is now firmly on my radar for all its future endeavors. –Rich Cocksedge (Little Rocket, littlerocketrecords.co.uk)