That’s the problem when every band starts trying to be like The Jam. The few decent ones, like The Steers, get overlooked because everyone’s doing the same thing. Both Julia and b-side The Same Game are full of the indie swagger which worked well for Paul Weller and later Carl Barat, but the talent is overshadowed by a sense of ‘haven’t we heard this before?’
Julia has more of a Bloc Party vibe, combining electronic beats with a rousing chorus that should serve them well at the forthcoming zoo8 festival. The Same Game, on the other hand, is pure Weller, simple-yet-effective guitar music with vocals that retain a britpop sensibility while not seeming too commercial.
This Cardiff quartet should do well for themselves, provided people don’t dismiss them as just another indie band.