Sergeant - Sergeant (3 stars)

Sergeant - Sergeant

Time was, a few words of praise from Alan McGee were enough to see a jangling indie band on their way to a batch of hits and national touring at a decent level for the next decade. Now all it really guarantees is that they, like he, listened to a lot of Oasis in their younger days.

That’s the impression you get with Glenrothes’ Sergeant, although The La’s seem to be their strongest influence, particularly in the way singer Nick Mercer’s loose, vowel-heavy vocals echo those of Lee Mavers on early singles ‘Sunshine’ and ‘K-Ok’. Shades of Cast (obviously), The Charlatans and Dundonian contemporaries The View also abound on an album that is breezy but somehow time-locked.

(Shy Recordings)

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