As the opening track kicks in, lazy journalists would have Moody Tuesday pegged as just another bunch of Oasis wannbees; laddish, anthemic rock that has been done to death over the last decade and a half. But probe a little deeper and you realise that not only do the band have their own identity and musical remit, unlike many of other bands that are also just placing their foot on the first rung of the musical ladder, they also have the songs to back it up.
Day In, Day Out is an eleven-track showcase of how music can be both immediate and yet slightly edgy. Without diluting all the vim and vigour of a contemporary rock sound, they manage to add lashings of pop sensibilities, making for a sound that is both driven and hook-laden, yet melodic and accessible. And although they pass through the hallowed ground of icons such as The Kinks, Blur and even The Stone Roses, this mix of flippant jauntiness and hazy stoner cool coupled with the drive of the opening reference, makes very much for their own sound.
It’s a sound that easily flits from Madchester knee’s ups (Boys Day In the Smoke) to modern takes on The Who (Out of Nowhere) and there is even room for intimate and insular balladry (Talk to Me), all without losing sight of their own overall musical persona. As debut albums go, it’s a great opening salvo.