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Even | Downpayment 0n Future Glories (Orange Sky)
This Melbourne group have been around since the mid-'90s and produce the kind of sparkling power pop that brings a great big grin to your face. 'Downpayment On Future Glories' shepherds the music from three albums, numerous EPs and singles. A threesome comprising drummer Matt Cotter, bass-player Wally Kempton and Ashley Naylor on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Even's music takes the best of the British beat era - Beatles, Kinks etc - and filters it through power pop and adds an Antipodean twist. Tell Me How is the most obvious homage to John Lennon, while Sunshine Comes could have been a template for Oasis. It's all there - the slow, acoustic beginning, the train-like, lurching progression that the brothers Gallagher have utilised to such great effect. There's plenty here fans of Beatlemania, power pop or just plain guitar-driven rock. Check 'em out.

John Stacey
November-December 2004

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