The Getaway Team - Haven't You Heard

Helen Newbery 08/05/2008

Rating: 2/5

'Haven't You Heard…' is the debut mini-album from Guildford quintet The Getaway Team. Opener 'I Regret' is a bit disappointingly indie-by-numbers, with its standard-issue choppy guitar work. Follower 'Not What I Signed Up For' is little better; if anything, it's a bit plodding and pedestrian. 'Happier Real' has slightly more bite, and although it might not exactly fill the dancefloors, it's quite a good stompalong number. The first single to be taken from the album is 'Lost All Hope', and whilst it would be unfair of me to claim this was how I felt by this point in the album, it didn't really stand out from the rest of the songs. Closer 'Make Pretend' is just more of the same, so that taken as a whole, the mini-album is the usual rather forgettable indie fare. It's a bit sub-Green Day, a bit sub-innumerable British guitar bands, and it was also hard for me to get past singer Tom Greenwood's mangling of the English language: he sounds too much like a public schoolboy putting on a glottal estuary English in order to attract the girls.