Music:General Fiasco * * * *
These are good times for Northern Irish music, what with Two Door Cinema Club and John, Shelly and The Creatures delivering excellent debut albums over the past couple of weeks.
General Fiasco have been hyped for much longer than the aforementioned bands, and their brand of guitar rock makes them most likely to enjoy mainstream success a la Snow Patrol (whom they are supporting on their homecoming show in June).
Certainly, there's nothing about this debut album to intimidate the casual listener. Buildings is about good, old-fashioned songwriting with conventional structures and plenty of hooks and every bit as catchy as their record label's name suggests. Infectious, incidentally, was once home to Ash, another bunch of northerners who know their way around a good tune.
Anybody partial to The Script's easy charms and Supergrass's exuberance is likely to lap up songs like single Ever So Shy -- and there's plenty more where that came from -- although those who like their indie with a twist should look elsewhere.
Burn it: Ever So Shy