Artist: Boy Kill Boy
Rating: * *
The new single from Boy Kill Boy’s second album Stars and the Sea marks a departure from previous hits ‘Back Again’, ‘Suzie’ and ‘Civil Sin’. Gone are the frantic guitar riffs, replaced by heavy drum beats under Chris Peck’s decidedly more drawling voice.
There’s an air of laziness about the single; the lyrics are somewhat repetitive and the rigid drumbeats begin to sound laboured well before the end of the song. The band appears to have attempted a more mature sound in their second album, but instead have lost the danceable appeal that made their previous tracks such hits.
Boy Kill Boy have always lagged behind more successful bands like Maximo Park, Bloc Party and Kasabian, and ‘Promises’ looks unlikely to change that.