Recorded in February this year and released earlier this summer ‘Monument’ is the debut EP from Indie band The Drawing Of Three. They supported The Twang this summer when the lads from Birmingham where on their warm up tour for V festival. Comprising of Paul David Johnson on guitar and vocals, Dave Kerridge on bass, and Lee Jenkins on drums they have gained critical acclaim from BBC’s Stephen Morris and plenty of airtime on BBC Introducing.
There are three tracks on ‘Monument’ and each is a real stunner. Amidst the festive revelry, the cacophony of blaring adverts and Christmas jingles, and the mania of the shops there is an oasis of retrospective calm to be found in this EP. Their songs are heart achingly beautiful and filled with intelligently emotive lyrics all backed by some of the subtlest and yet most expressive instrumentals I’ve heard all year. There are flavours of the Verve, Noel Gallagher, and other Brit pop legends but only the very barest of hints, this sound is fully The Drawing Of Three and is as distinctive as any of their influences who have gone before. I don’t like to plagiarise in the slightest but I am going to echo Stephen Morris on this one and say there simply isn’t enough on the EP and I sincerely hope that their next release will be longer. 8.9/10