Little Doses - Rock Riot Soul
Sadly lacking in songwriting originality and inspiration
(Black Ditto Recordings)
Little Doses are an Edinburgh indie outfit established by bassist Mark McClelland, most famous for departing Snow Patrol just when they made it big. The Little Doses blueprint is undeniably more varied than Snow Patrol’s recent identikit rock anthems, but for all they try to throw soul and country into the indie mix, it’s all sadly lacking in songwriting originality and inspiration.
Opener ‘Peace Into War’ is like a particularly lacklustre Garbage B-side, and when they try something more riff-led, like ‘Slow Burn’, they really don’t have the cojones to carry it off. It all seems a little past its sell-by date, the rhythm section grooves and vocal snarls of frontwoman Kirsten Ross somehow trapped in the last century.