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‘The Night Ferry EP’ by The Men They Couldn't Hang - waiting with bated breath

(April 17, 2014)

There’s not a hell of a lot left to say about The Men They Couldn't Hang. From the dark depths of of Camden's alternative music festival in ‘84, through albums like ‘How Green Is the Valley’, The Night Ferry EP TMTCH‘Waiting for Bonaparte’ and the inspired ‘Domino Club’, experiencing a band break-up and a return with ‘The Cherry Red Jukebox’ and ‘Devil on the Wind’, to solo projects and spin-offs, the essential spirit endures. And now they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary with a gig at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a tour and an album.

A prelude to all of which is the ‘The Night Ferry EP’ and if like me, you’re an avid fan of The Men They Couldn't Hang (or TMTCH to be more familiar), then this is just the intro the new album needs. As other reviewers state, EPs rarely satisfy a craving for a fine band and only leave you wanting more. That’s true of ‘The Night Ferry EP’ but that said, those of us that know them well are fully-prepared for what’s to come and waiting with bated breath.

All you would expect is here, rock-driven, folk-punk with more energy than the Three Gorges Dam. There’s the alternative version of ‘Night Ferry’, an acoustic take on‘Raising Hell’, a ripping slice of Nick Lowe’s ‘I Knew The Bride (When She Used T Rock and Roll)’ and a roaring version of Ewan MacColl’s ‘Shoals of Herring’.

Reviewer: Dan Holland

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