It’s not a great band name, I’ll give you that, but Whales In Cubicles are doing something I haven’t felt was possible for a while – rekindling the ashes of my love for straightforward, guitar-based indie. I may regularly tout my passion for the early work of The Maccabees, Good Shoes et al, but a new band? Nah, that wasn’t going to happen. Well, not until ‘We Never Win’ came out anyway. I’ve seen mentions of cool ’90s rock influences or unusual time signatures, but what draws me in are the more prosaic aspects; the careening drumbeat, spiky, shivering guitars and sudden burst of shouty, angsty energy at the end for no reason other than it sounds really good. What it comes down to, I guess, is that 15 year-old Joe would have fucking loved this. He must still be in there somewhere*.

Whales In Cubicles – We Never Win

*Mostly likely turning his nose up at a banjo, if I know him. Which I do.