Town Hall Steps – Town Hall Steps


Album

Town Hall Steps

Label

Independent

Year

2009

For Fans Of

Short Stack, Boys Like Girls, Powerspace, Metro Station

Summary

Potential is there – maybe more if they drop the electro sound.

Rating

69 / 100

This debut LP from Sydney band Town Hall Steps has a pretty solid mix of pop-punk and electro-synth. After touring with local and international acts such as; Simple Plan, All American Rejects, Gyroscope, they’ve managed to begin to form a solid fanbase.

 

From my first listen to their record, I was pretty impressed. Not bad for a just-emerging band.  
However, the electro-synths really vex me on this album. They are over-tuned and manage to deteriorate the songs overall quality instead of adding to it. Maybe I’m biased, but I tend to think that they might work better as a band and appeal to a larger audience if they drop the synth and work solely as a rock/pop-punk band – but I’m under no position to tell them how to write their music; only review it. 

 

‘Disco’ is the strongest track on the album. Picked up by Austereo, Nova and Channel V, it has all the makings of a great commercial-pleasing song: an intro that makes you want to dance, a catchy hook and exuberance that never lags. It’s this energy that is this group’s biggest asset. 

 

‘Your Secret Dance’ underlying guitars are the best part of the track; the vocals tend to strain throughout the chorus and the lyrics are practically cringe worthy in some parts, whilst ‘Still Alive’ has an undeniable 80’s vibe to it – which you are either going to embrace, or hate. I embraced it. 

 

‘Crisis’ is misplaced and lost – featuring guest hip hop artist Torcha, it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the albums vibe, and is a song that should have been either discarded upon its inception or released later as a b-side. The hip hop verse combined with the intense chorus feels wrong, and left me feeling a little nauseous.  

 

Closing the album with ‘Trouble Little Girl’ confused me a little – for a band that seems determined on showcasing their energy, why end the debut on a softer note, instead of “going out with a bang”? It’s a good song, pretty close to a classic rock ballad, and probably my favourite on the record.

Conclusion

I can definitely see where this band was trying to aim with this release – though they missed the mark a little.  Although, it’s a little too commercial for my taste – I can say that there’s something there, and that these guys have some talent. Maybe with a little more work, their next release will be phenomenal. 

Tracklisting

1. Intro
2. Anywhere But Here
3. Holding On
4. Ask For More
5. The Direction
6. Still Alive
7. Your Secret Dance
8. Disco
9. Jessie
10. Crisis
11. Trouble Little Girl

7 Responses to “Town Hall Steps – Town Hall Steps”

  1. girliewirlie123

    HA HA – they sound like SHORT STACK – who are you kidding?
    Let me keep a long story short

    Conclusion is…. Who wrote this? Sorry i mean -who plagerised this from another review? Pathetic.

    This band is not “just emerging” have you actually read their bio? They are a solid band who have been together 5 years.
    They have some talent – Coming from someone who PLAGERISES!

    Keep trying.

    Onya Townhallsteps – love you’re work.
    Amazing Live.

    X

  2. amymaree

    I’m a fan of THS, but I have to say – I dont really understand what you mean by that comment @ girliewirlie123.
    She doesnt sound like she’s hating on them – and with the ’emerging’ band stuff, it sounds like she meant they are starting to get recognised commercially and nationally. They’re still up-and-coming.

  3. girliewirlie123

    Amy – i assume you wrote this review as per AMY up top of the review.
    Simply it’s a terrible review and copied from another!
    I never said you hated them – i questioned you’re research prior to writing this.

    cheers

  4. amymaree

    @girliewirlie123 – Sorry to disappoint you, but I didn’t write this review – I’ve never written reviews for this site at all.

  5. girliewirlie123

    Fair enough – i just have to point out the love for the songs that have the electro synths.
    Thats what makes the song!
    Enough said.

    terrible review- end of story

  6. willscarlett

    Be more popular if they drop the synth? Catch up… Crappy overused synth is SO 2009 atm.. All the cool kids are doing it…
    Terrible review…

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