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Review: 'Puppet Theory'
'Strike Three'   

-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '6th March 2019'

Our Rating:
It all starts out as standard form, the press release announcing the arrival of the new single by ‘Northern pop rock powerhouse’ Puppet Theory announce new single ‘Strike Three’, which is, we ‘re told ‘an uplifting anthem that confronts the dark topics of bulling and anxiety. Based from experiences talking with their fan base and the struggles they deal with; Puppet Theory conceived a song for the people.’ It goes on – of course: ‘Comprised of huge hooks and stadium sized guitar tones, the Manchester troupe seamlessly fuse early 2000s indie, pop punk and American rock to create their own sound fit for the masses’.

I may be yawning at the prospect, but not every cliché alt-rock indie hybrid on paper sounds like a cliché alt-rock indie hybrid when recorded.

But while I listen to this mediocre slab of well-intentioned but ultimately tedious alt-rock fair with its clean vocals, clean production, and sanitised angst, I read on – because comparisons usually help when I’m struggling in the face of genericicm to see that the band are pitched as being for fans of Circa Waves (ok, middling indieness) Catfish and the Bottlemen (new shades of mediocrity and popular probably because, rather than in spite of it), The Hunna (meh), and King No One. The York-based buskers who are a second-rate rip-off of York-based buskers Glass Caves?

That’s all three strikes in one: I’m out.
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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