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The Whip – X Marks Destination (Southern Fried Records)

While the rest of Manchester’s white hot acts – The Ting Tings, The Courteeners and the rest - have motored from formation to teetering on the edge of global success, the equally fantastic foursome of The Whip have taken things a bit more sedately.

It’s an understandable approach for them. After all, half the group – Bruce Carter and Danny Saville – came close to the big time with their previous band, Nylon Pylon, before getting a burning from the music industry, so caution is probably a good thing.

Whatever the reason for such a softly, softly start, it’s one that has helped them immensely, especially when it comes to dealing with their influences.

The Whip - X Marks Destination

The Whip - X Marks Destination

The band make no secret of their love of New Order and it would be easy to see them as that band’s unruly offspring. After all, they hail from the same place, they make killer dance music with 'proper' instruments and, in the metronomic Lil' Fee, they have a drummer that could pass for a machine.

So had 'X Marks Destination' been a hurried affair, it may well have been nothing more than a collection of sub-New Order wannabe pop moments. In fact, they’ve included their debut offering, 'Frustration' – a track which can lay claim to the title of the best track Bernard, Stephen and Hooky never wrote - as if to prove that point.

Thanks to that considered beginning though, there’s an idiosyncratic energy that throbs through the ten offerings so violently that it simply insists that you get up and, with a wide grin on your gurning face, dance.

The ever exuberant 'Trash' opens proceedings in a thoroughly shape-throwing manner and things just get progressively full-on from there.

That’s not to say that this is straightforward dance music. The Whip’s talent is to put a dark, glowering passion into the heart of their dancefloor throbbing tunes and it’s the tracks where it can be seen so vibrantly beating away – the desperate 'Save My Soul', the tantrum-like 'Sister Siam' and 'Muzzle #1', their first truly killer moment – that are this album’s shining moments.

There may be a slight concern about where The Whip can actually go next, as in doffing their cap to their teenage loves while creating a surging sound of their own, 'X Marks Destination' is about as zeitgeist as a band can be, but honestly, it’s one that melts away as you continue to throw your hands into the air on repeated listens.

For now, at least, The Whip can throw their caution to the wind and join the other hot prospects at the front of Manchester’s new musical charge.

last updated: 11/04/2008 at 11:30
created: 27/03/2008

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