NZ Musician review of A Stone’s Throw
James’ loves this review as one his favourite bands is The Lucksmiths.
THE DOUBTFUL SOUNDS: A Stone’s Throw From Happiness
From the pun in the name, to the illusion of being unhappy in the album’s title, The Doubtful Sounds’ songwriting pair of Matt Cawte and James Noble channel their intellects through their pens, both in words and melody. These songs contain more hooks than a trawler’s drag line, along with some clever and entertaining lyric writing. They remind me of my favourite ’90s and beyond Melbourne band The Lucksmiths, with touches of Dunedin’s Robert Scott in ‘Bats’ mode. Cawte and Nobel manage to sing clever lyrics with their tongues in their cheeks, alongside beautifully composed guitar-based melodies, aided and abetted by Mark Howden on guitar and Rick Barr’s drumming. If I have a criticism it’s one of length. ‘A Stone’s Throw…’ is a good album, but could have been awesome at just eight or nine tracks – one thing I loved about the Lucksmiths was that their albums left me wanting more…