Lifeline – The Answering Machine

2 Feb

When I first got into music, if we discount my punk phase between the ages of 5 and 14, the alternative music scene in Britain was experiencing a resurgence. And the first song I ever bought was Oklahoma in 2006. It was a catchy tune but its formula has been repeated so many times since, I found it difficult to imagine that The Answering Machine would be around for much longer. Well happily I was wrong. Their debut album, Another City, Another Sorrow, enjoyed critical acclaim and the band’s quirky guitar pop was praised.

Lifeline is the first single off their second album (which has the same name) and it has been up on the web for a matter of hours. It’s got The Answering Machine written all over it, the quintessentially Mancunian singing, the indie rock guitars and a good drum beat. (Interestingly enough, the band played for their first two years with a drumming machine called Mustafa Beat. Maybe not that interesting…) But the band have also thrown in a synth element, such is the modern way, but it really works and Lifeline is very promising for a very good second album to come out later this year.


One Response to “Lifeline – The Answering Machine”


  1. Hard Rain – Shout Out Louds « Can You Hear This - May 17, 2011

    […] The Answering Machine split up today. That’s a loss for Mancunian music, particularly off the back of such a fine second album. What’s that got to do with the Shout Out Louds?  Well, really not that much except in their disbanding letter the band said they regretted they “did not write Hard Rain.” The Answering Machine made great songs and you can hear that when they release the commemorative 12″ version of their latest album Lifeline. […]

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