German pop group Museum traces around Suede on the opening track of their album Traces Of in a way that Interpol traced around Joy Division. Placebo would be another obvious reference point (particularly on For The Very First Time) but Museum almost takes the nu-metal approach to Britpop influences, which is to say that there is a man-with-machine element to the songs, ticking, buzzing, flicking, pulsing, strobing sounds poke in and around the tunes; little sonic interruptions.
There are some good pop moments here and some of the guitars start to take on a Blur-like and Marr-like feel. That voice just wants to hit on Suede though and Placebo (which, well, was somewhat Suede-like also). No problem with this – but it marks Museum as copyists in that way that Interpol and The Strokes and so many of the guitar bands of the new millennium were/are.
All of that said I’m enjoying a lot of this album, To Have Or To Be, even takes on, erm, traces of a Flying Nun feel, a bit of Garageland perhaps.
Midwinter is almost Doves covering Bauhaus – you’ll either love or hate that idea. And the same is true for this album actually – overall. Every time I make it to the final tracks (Midwinter and closer, Uncorrupted) I suddenly realise that I’m really enjoying the album – it seems to grow with each track, or I warm into it, the album thaws, something like that. But at the very same time I’m also pleased it’s over. So I can find the next band in the pile – and hope they actually have a sound of their own. Museum does not have that. Just a bunch of overt influence ever so slightly subverted. Only just though.