Friday 23 February 2018

Music: It's a Beautiful Life by Freebass

John Meagher

John Meagher

Freebass split before this album was even released. Clearly the egos of three Mancunian bassists -- Stone Roses' Mani, New Order's Peter Hook and The Smiths' Andy Rourke -- couldn't be contained.

And Mani had some choice words for Hook when he tweeted that he was living off "Ian Curtis blood money". He also thought the bargain basement would be the best place for the album.

They're not words to inspire confidence in this album and a pretty lame collection it is too -- particularly when you think of the highs that each of the three have soared to in the past.

What saves the album from pub-rock territory is the strength of two songs, It's Not Too Late and Lady Violence, which boast powerful guitar riffs, and -- you guessed it -- impressive bass lines.

Garry Briggs, ex-frontman of indie also-rans The Strays, does most of the singing, but Kelly Jones of Stereophonics has also lent his vocals to proceedings.

Burn it: It's Not Too Late

Irish Independent

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