The band’s style is quite a modernised version of the guitar based pop bands from the 80s, reminiscent of ‘The Smiths’, with the lead singer, Pollard, sounding very similar to ‘Morrissey´ himself. All he was missing was a bunch of flowers to wave around on stage. The band’s aim is to create high-quality, modern songs with universal appeal, and they certainly succeed in that as their indie pop style mixes in with the tremendous guitar work of the lead guitarist, that gives the band a bit more edge to the music. The lead guitarist is like the secret weapon within the band as the rest keep the melodies flowing and supporting the music while he lets rip, with some very catchy and cool riffs. They are not too heavy, just very easy and enjoyable on the ears. There were some excellent tunes played on the night, with songs such as ‘English Smile’, ‘Four Walls’, ‘Swedish Nightingale’ and ‘Into the River’.
After a prolific song-writing period, ‘Lisbon’ are intent on imprinting their sound upon the public consciousness by embarking on a series of live performances in their home town. I think their style and demeanour would suit an older generation of music appreciators, rather than a more appearance orientated younger crowd, but I think that suits ‘Lisbon’ down to the ground as they will appeal to fans who do give the music a chance.
Their debut EP album, ‘Vulnerable Mind’ is now available for free download at http://lisbon.bandcamp.com consisting of 4 songs, ‘Empires’, ‘Vulnerable Mind’, ‘Memory Song’, and ‘Bedroom Window.’Review by Nigel Cartner