Marystaple: No Need To Be Nervous
By Simon Sweetman
Marystapleís debut full-album was a long time coming and has suffered somewhat in that the band (originally a quartet) is now a trio. And there have been a few stylistic shifts. Itís still, essentially, indie guitar/alt-rock music. And there is some good stuff here for sure, but I think the excitement of finally releasing a full album (with two EPs in the can) has meant that these guys have tossed their paint at the canvas, stroking it liberally rather than confining themselves to a nice tidy corner and keeping the colours unified. That is not to say that repeated listens wonít reward, I already like it a lot more than I did at first, and thereís no faulting the actual playing. Itís just that certain tracks are really good, which makes others feel a tad underwhelming. Marystaple were always a good live show back when I saw them, and Iím sure they still have that intensity.