Saturday, 6 July 2019
Grenadeers - How To Fit In
There's a lot to like about the Grenadeers album.You sense that the Dutch five piece would love to be Queens Of The Stone Age, but How To Fit In is more akin to early Muse, before the histrionics and self love took hold.
I mention Muse because there is a melody and pop element bursting to get out, this isn't the one riff mentality of QOTSA. Indeed, the excellent Out With It And Without It could easily appear on those first two Muse albums.
There's a killer hook on Song For The Double Minded with a chorus that almost matches it. Gird is splendidly heavy and Trip Switch borders on Modern Prog. Cecile is more in touch to current day Muse. There are hints of Smashing Pumpkins, without the shouting and snarling, across the album too.
The overall feeling is that a dozen songs is a couple too many. I also apologise for the regular Muse references, it just underlines where Grenadeers are positioning themselves. I'm not sure if that train has already left the station and there are many signs here that a slightly different commercial direction may provide something more rewarding for the band.
You can listen to and buy the album via one of these links.