Thousand Needles In Red
Thousand Needles In Red


2.0
poor

Review

by Billy USER (32 Reviews)
April 26th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boring and unimaginative rock with a glimmer of hope for something more.

It seems like successful side projects are part and parcel of Australia’s music scene lately. One only has to look at Ian Kenny’s Birds of Tokyo and Luke Steele’s Empire of the Sun to see that. Now, after dabbling in the side project business previously with the now defunct blues outfit Final Days of Autumn, Butterfly Effect singer Clint Boge is having a second crack at the caper with Thousand Needles in Red, this time returning to his heavier roots. The band was initially formed when guitarist Tristan Boulliaut, an old friend of Boge’s, asked the singer to listen to some of the music he had been writing. Boge liked it so much that he offered to sing on the tracks, seeing it as an outlet for his heavier influences, something which has quickly disappeared from The Butterfly Effect’s music. Bassist Pablo Fernandez and drummer Phil Eades were recruited and thus Thousand Needles in Red was born.

The EP gets off to a decidedly shaky start with the first track shooting straight to the top of the worst intros this reviewer has ever heard. Consisting of Boge repeating the band’s name over and over, the intro track does absolutely nothing for the EP. As Boge gradually moves towards a scream the track gets increasingly grating and in the end has the listener looking for the skip button. The EP picks up a little bit from there, with pseudo opener ‘Thousand Needles’ quickly blasting out of the speakers. Boge’s barked verses and melodic chorus over the top of Boulliaut’s straightforward guitar work make for a nice introduction to Thousand Needles in Red’s sound, albeit a generic one.

Unfortunately, whilst Boge’s consistently stellar vocals give the tracks a little spark; they do not however mask what the songs are for the most part, derivative and boring rock music. One only has to look as far as first single ‘Enemy Inside’ for an example, with the band doing nothing to depart from the standard radio rock structure. Such is the trend throughout the EP, one might notice that the initial guitar riff of ‘Thousand Needles,’ ‘Enemy Inside’ and ‘Wicker Man’ all sound EXACTLY THE SAME. In fact, those three songs all could have been B-Sides to The Butterfly Effect’s Begins Here. This isn’t helped that for the most part, the rhythm section is seemingly just going through the motions. It’s as if Boge enjoyed returning to his “heavy” roots so much that he and Boulliaut thought using the same ideas three times over would be a smart move. Not so.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Thousand Needles in Red, though. There are some redeeming features on the EP. Ironically, it is when the band either mellow out or deviate from the traditional rock structures that they finally show some promise. The brilliant ‘Crown of Thorns’ shows off the direction The Butterfly Effect could have gone in after Begins Here, with Boge’s subdued vocals working well with Boulliaut’s strummed verses before exploding into quite a heavy chorus. ‘Crown of Thorns’ also shows something that has been missing from Boge’s repertoire of late, his deeper growls, which are used in the chorus to great effect. ‘Blackbird’ is the only other highlight, which sees the band deviate from their original sound into more mellow territory. Featuring piano, strings and a myriad of layered and heartfelt vocals, ‘Blackbird’ manages to convey something the majority of the EP couldn’t; emotion.

If you’re prepared to take Thousand Needles in Red’s debut for what it is, unimaginative and straightforward radio rock, then chances are you’ll enjoy this. However if you’re looking for something more, it might be wise to just listen to ‘Crown of Thorns’ and move on, because when Thousand Needles do deviate from their generic sound, they do in fact succeed. One thing you can’t deny is that Thousand Needles in Red are enjoying themselves, but here’s hoping the boys can come up with a few more ideas for their next release.



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Vooligan
April 26th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Gotta love review writing as a method of procrastination.

So yeah, this should have been a Crown of Thorns single, with Blackbird as a B-side. Just forget the rest.

BrahTheSunGod
April 26th 2010


1279 Comments


Gotta love reading reviews on Sputnik as a method of procrastination!

Nice review Billy, I was vastly underwhelmed by this and agree with pretty much everything you said.. Pos'd.

Vooligan
April 26th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks man. Yeah, i dunno. I kinda liked it at first, but it just got boring really quickly. Only really listen to Crown of Thorns now.


And hey cool, a phantom pos!

Vooligan
April 27th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bump?

I wanna know who this phantom pos was from.

Piglet
April 27th 2010


4669 Comments


Here have a pos!

AtavanHalen
April 27th 2010


17927 Comments


Yessir, this was a good read.

Vooligan
April 27th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Go listen to the Intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZWDKjK78Ds

Its so bad.

And thanks guys.

Captain North
April 30th 2010


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Baaaaaaaad music. Good review. I was so excited when I first heart Boge had a side project so when I heard it the disappointment was crushing.

dre458
May 13th 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow Billy. Actually disliking an Australian band for once? Never thought I'd see the day...

But i agree, fairly boring stuff. Good review though. Pos

Eclectic
May 30th 2010


3302 Comments


hmm, out of the three alt.rock bands I was rec'd this seems to be going at the bottom of the pile.
Great review billy, pos'd

Vooligan
May 31st 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah man, just hope Clint can find his mojo again in time for TBE's new album.

Captain North
May 31st 2010


6792 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

And they recording again yet?

Vooligan
May 31st 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Studio at the end of the current regional tour. Album very late this year/early next year.

StormTheForts
June 2nd 2010


40 Comments


darnit just got into dead letter circus and sleep parade, was looking for some more aus music to get me by and now a negative review for clint the guy who got me listening in the first place, oh well


StormTheForts
June 2nd 2010


40 Comments


darnit just got into dead letter circus and sleep parade, was looking for some more aus music to get me by and now a negative review for clint the guy who got me listening in the first place, oh well


StormTheForts
June 2nd 2010


40 Comments


sorry 4 the double post god damd phone

Vooligan
October 27th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ugh, their new single sucks as well.

Just please give me some new TBE.

Vooligan
February 24th 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Once again. Ugh, their next new single sucks as well.

cb123
January 2nd 2013


2060 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wow, i didn't think clint had it in him to make something so painfully boring and flat

AtavanHalen
January 2nd 2013


17927 Comments


well, he did make final conversation of kings



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