Call the Doctor, a female fronted four piece from Bristol, hit the ground running on their debut album Hands Will Shake. Overflowing with cool riffs and beats guaranteed to get your head banging, the album contains just the right amount of catchy lyrics and smooth instrumentals to fit into a mainstream market without falling into the trap of being 'too poppy'. It's certainly not as hardcore as would be traditionally labelled punk, which works in its favour, as it doesn’t isolate established fans.
You can certainly hear the band’s influences in their music, especially the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but the album also brings something original and unique. According to the press release, “New Zealand born front-woman Patti Aberhart […] has been compared to Blondie, Florence Welch and Siouxsie Sioux in equal measure”. These comparisons are overstretched. If you go in expecting to hear something that has been done before, you will either be disappointed or pleasantly surprised. Aberhart’s vocal range is impressive and she hits the high notes sometimes required of punk-rock singers whilst avoiding falling into the trap of simply shouting. A good example of this is the final track on the album “Little Bones”, which builds up to a crescendo at the end. Another positive is that she annunciates the lyrics clearly. For people like me, who enjoy singing along loudly and badly whilst doing the washing up, this is a massive bonus.
Hands Will Shakes is high energy music that doesn’t stop for breath, and I predict we will be hearing a lot more of Call the Doctor in the future.
Release: 30th June 2012, self-release