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Album Review

The Strokes and the Killers are the kind of bands that critics and fans know instantly; there is something unique and great about their music. It can rarely be described but it's a bit like the audible equivalent of pornography: you know it when you hear it. This is the case with British band Switches, who are immediately on with the brilliant kickstarter "Drama Queen." Sounding like some collage of Franz Ferdinand and the Darkness, the group then venture into more solid rock & roll with the terribly tight, guitar-heavy "Snakes & Ladders." The guitar work from singers and axe men Matt Bishop and Ollie Thomas is top-notch and packs a lot of bite. But perhaps the song of 2008 will be the dance-rock jewel "Lay Down the Law," that brings to mind a cousin of "Take Me Out." While it's a hard song to top, Switches don't embarrass themselves with yet another great track, "Coming Down," which has a certain influence from the Cars despite sounding very contemporary. Even "Give Up the Ghost" shines, although it is a slower, more deliberate affair with some moody arrangements, while "The Need to Be Needed" is a snarling, strut-filled, and cocksure rocker that works very well. Probably the second big highlight is the summer single "Every Second Counts," which finds the band not wasting a second of the song, resulting in another gem. The consistency of the album is its greatest trait, with another keeper coming in the form of the tight, infectious "Lovin' It." One of the better albums of 2008 without question.

Customer Reviews

Good album

...but does anyone else notice that the main hook in "Drama Queen" sounds VERY similar to "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO?

Switches "Lay Down The Law"

WOW! Every song is a keeper. Very up-tempo! This album is gonna be difficult to beat for their next effort. WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!! (Some explicit & drug lyrics)


i had no idea who these guys were until i saw them open for the bravery. theyre awesome!


Formed: 2003 in Guilford, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Playing tough, witty, and hook-laden rock that exists in a time warp in which glam rock and Britpop are the talk of the British Isles, Switches is the brainchild of lead singer and guitarist Matt Bishop. Bishop claims he was already writing songs on a tiny guitar made for him by his father (a BBC engineer) at the age of five, and began recording them on a Fisher-Price cassette machine, creating overdubs by playing back his creations on his mom's stereo and singing along with them. (Bishop adds that...
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