My Luminaries are a band hailing from London, and like so many bands before them they know exactly what they want and have set about getting it. Take a quick look at the band's Myspace page where you will find a myriad of quotes from different critics hailing them as the next great hope in indie music. Are they right? Well that all depends on what your stance on the indie scene is.
Firstly I think the fact the band is classed even slightly as rock on their Myspace description is cause for a call from trading standards for false advertising because the last thing these boys do is rock. There is a whole bunch of roll but most definitely no rock to be found here.
Now I'm pretty sure after that you are wondering what we do have in front of us here. The bands debut album "Order from the Chaos" is a collection of well crafted hypnotic indie ditties that sit somewhere between latter day incarnations of Stereophonics and Snow Patrol and at times even a lazy Radiohead. Yes this is indie of the dreamy plodding kind as opposed the image obsessed guitar driven kind that is fed to us by the likes of The Killers and Razorlight.
Now donít get me wrong there is nothing particularly wrong with this approach and in most cases it works. It's clear that My Luminaries are damn fine song writers but here in lies part of the problem. As good as the band are as song writers, the fact that they have chosen to approach the writing of their debut album in such a dream like and subdued manner robs it of a few characteristics that make for a truly great album. There are no stand out tracks on the album to speak of, the album lacks energy or a sense of urgency leaving you at times feeling like the album is just one extended piece of music, almost film score like in nature.
My Luminaries are surely going to go far and thatís to be expected, with many of today's indie bands in a state of flux people will always be looking for their next fix and you can do a lot worse than "Order from the Chaos" whilst not being the perfect album and certainly one not to be listened to in the summertime, I can see this becoming a staple on many people's Ipods during those winter months.