Declan Welsh and The Decadent West....Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold

Declan Welsh and The Decadent West should have a simpler name, preferably beginning with The. They’re a The band: their name suggests a kind of whimsy, but this they lack. They’re a straightforward indie band with a penchant for songs that sound like hit singles; not the same as actual hit singles, but they sound like they should be. Bands to reference are some of the better bands from a while back: Hard-Fi, the Dead 60s, bands who played tight and melodic guitar music but who leaned towards the generic. DWatDW would also have found an ideal home on the soundtrack of the InBetweeners: they’ve got the sort of every-lad but self-aware sound that would have fitted the adventures of Will and his mates, without approaching indie landfill.

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