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7 out of 10
Midlands rockers Dead Letter Office have the potential to follow near-neighbours Editors into mainstream success. They've already pinched their producer, Gavin Monaghan, and are just as accomplished at soaring choruses and moody moments of reflection.
The uplifting, top of the playlist, stadium indie displayed on 'Chairkickers' is the type of thing that would easily win the favour of Jo Whiley, especially with its cheery use of keyboards that wouldn't sound out of place on a Wombats or Maple State single. Benjamin Hiorns' vocal dexterity and direct, bullet-to-the-heart lyrics, though, are reminiscent of a young James Dean Bradfield. DLO has some of the Manics' fearless, gang mentality too: "If we're going to Hell at least we'll all be there together."
'The Comeback Kid' unfortunately doesn't follow through on 'Chairkickers', instead treading the same gritty ground as many other bands that think music starts with Oasis and ends with Arctic Monkeys, albeit with a few epic trimmings.
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