Generally, comparisons made in press releases are comically inaccurate. If it says the band are a chamber pop quartet you can be sure they sound like Keane, and if you are told they are a noise rock outfit, it’s a pretty safe bet that they actually bear an uncanny resemblance to the Fratellis with their amps turned up.
How refreshing, then, to find a press release with a bit of honesty. London outfit Grass House say that their latest single, ‘A Cradle, A Short Breath’ demonstrates their admiration for Jonathan Richman – and, lo and behold, there is actually something quite Modern Lovers-esque about vocalist Liam Palmer’s strange, slightly unwieldy, but oddly compelling lyricism. While it is apparently reflective of the band’s ‘lighter side’, the track has a barely concealed flash of menace; something similar to the feeling of being quietly pursued through a not-quite-familiar landscape.
The track is out on June 27th on limited edition postcard (a glorified download code, no?), and will be followed by a third EP in the summer. Grass House will also be playing a launch show at the Old Blue Last on June 28th.