It's infectious and who doesn’t like pirates?
Jessica Braham 2008
Reading lads Pete and the Pirates are fast making a big splash on the rough open seas of the indie underworld. So fresh they look greener than the pigment of a school kid's colouring pencil called grass, they have a natural sense of belonging. More impressive still they have managed to retained the energetic euphoria of their live shows in the recording studio to produce debut album Little Death, already having released two earlier EPs, Wait Stop Begin and Get Even. The five-piece made up of Thomas Sanders, Pete Hefferan, David Thorpe, Pete Cattermoul, and Jonny Sanders play bouncy guitar grooves in basic, constant forms. Passionate, energetic and quintessentially English, the band shows distinct correlations between The Artic Monkeys for grass routes awareness, The Go! Team for brazen fun, and the Mystery Jets for boyish, indie charm.
With the wholesome air of summer sounds still to come Little Death is a strong contender as a future student anthem while barbequing sausages on the hall lawn. The album, with its jolly mix of lo-fi melodic pop beats is heightened by the delicate duel vocals of Thomas Sanders and Pete Hefferan. It's a performance which is unusual and intriguing, while the rest of the Pirates thrash it out with noisy drum and guitar riffs.
Lyrically the album focuses on comic and romantic notions as the hormones fly. Come On Feet, Mr Understanding and Knots are catchy and upbeat, flowing as naturally as spilt beer in a mosh pit, while Moving and Humming allow melting vocals and affectionate strokes to develop a wider variety of sounds and themes. They effortlessly command your attention.
What Pete and the Pirates have proved in abundance is that, although they may be lightweights in this year’s slew of new music, all you really need are some decent tunes and to have a laugh making them. It's infectious and who doesn’t like pirates?