Collapsing Cities: Elixir Always
By Steph Gray
Collapsing Cities developed a profile very quickly over just the last year and new fans, convinced by the clarity and vitality of this debut album, have a long-haul flight in front of them should they wish to see the band in action. Almost immediately after touring ‘Elixir Always’, the indie popsters left Auckland for London, where under (Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand’s) SuperVision Management they have a line-up of gigs stretching to a fabled white Christmas. A UK record label deal is the next target Recorded by Dale Cotton, released on their own record label and distributed here through Universal, the 11-song album is very danceable and the post-punk English scene is no doubt digging it. All of the songs are sharp with wry lyricism that tells of mundane jobs, hangovers, treacherous friends, trouble at nightclubs and star-crossed lovers. The lead out single in the UK is Fear of Opening My Mouth but album highlights for me include edgy shout-alongs In the Valley and Seriously.