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Switch are a Leicester based rock / indie outfit with fire fuelled guitars, blindingly catchy melodies, a burning enthusiasm to warm the cockles of even the coldest music hack’s heart, youthful good looks and a stage presence that oozes professionalism without ever becoming arrogant or pretentious.

The four piece comprise of Chris (guitar/vocals), Darius (bass/vocals), Neil (guitar) and Andy (Drums). They are hitting the road again in February with 3 gigs kicking off on the first of the month at the Half Time Orange followed by 2 at the shed (8th and 15th).

What follows is a review of their e.p. "The Damaged Brain):

Switch — The Damaged Brain ep

First up, let me say that I would have normally given this CD top marks, but the only reason I haven’t is because they are ten times better live. That’s a good thing though. You see, the thing is, I’ve seen and heard tens upon thousands of local bands but it’s not very often that one comes along that forces their way into my "most played CDs of the moment" list! I truly believe this band has something special to offer and it would be a crying shame if they didn’t make it in some shape or form.

First song proper on the disc is "Invaders", a punchy little rock tune followed by my personal favourite — interestingly titled "L.A.Q" which stands for "Like a queen". Why the initials lads? Were you worried about what misconceptions may be bestowed upon the band had you displayed the title in full? No matter anyway — Chris Martin would have been proud of the vocal desperation put achingly into the line "I swear I’ll treat you well." Attack of the commercials comes next in the form of "Mr.Happy" and that’s exactly how the jingly jangly guitars make you feel. I’m sure nobody will deny that "Ordinary" sounds like one of Green Day’s better tracks and "Craft" ends the proceedings with the same vigour with which they began.

Given the short time the outfit has been together, these 5 songs are some achievement and if they keep this standard up, Heaven knows how far they can go.

Watch this space invaders!

4/5 Tone E

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