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We’re working on an album of new songs, but it felt wrong to abandon these ones. “Turn Away” is a fast paced but sparse rocker that alternates between threadbare verses and mammoth choruses. The title track “El Nibre” is possibly the heaviest and most frantic thing we’ve ever done, telling the story of a mythical monster/force of nature. “Climbing the Waterfall” has been a live favourite over the last year, the end of the song usually finds Whitty at the top of whatever he was able to scale in 4 1/2 minutes.
The final track, Strong Enough, is a song we’ve gone to town on. The original idea came 5 years ago, some songs just take their god damned time. We’ve not played it live much, and it’s a bit different to what we normally do, but put this on headphones late at night and sit back with a beer/ smoke/ herbs/ whisky.
El Nibre is a bit of a rocker that the ducks buttocks tight rhythm section of James “Mez” Merrix and Alex Thomson drives along in fine style, while Climbing The Waterfall is a fine slab of intelligent commercial rock that wouldn’t sound out of place on an album by Young The Giant. However the real gem is the closer Strong Enough a chilled out mini epic that has the ghost of Hawkwind on the intro before floating dreamily away into Porcupine Tree / Darwins Radio territory.
Strong Enough is a down-tempo ballad that Marbles-era Marillion would have been proud to call their own and if Radiohead found some balls and could drag their gazes from their shoes for long enough to pen something decent, they might sound like this. On a good day. If they worked at it.