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This Devastated Fan
Victoria's Waiting

Rating: 7/10 ?

April 12, 2007
Chances are you haven't yet heard of This Devastated Fan, but that's alright, you probably will soon.

Hailing from the little known town of Wigan, England, This Devastated Fan play the kind of radio-ready hard rock that, with perhaps a little luck and a lot of hard work, could easily see them headlining shows throughout the land, clocking up monster sales and pretty much reaping all the benefits that come with being a successful rock band.

But don't be put off by the term 'radio-ready'. Though often stirring up negative connotations of chart-bothering pop pap, in this sense, it simply describes that sense you get when hearing a song on the radio for the first time and crying out 'hey, that's friggin' awesome!'.

Which is exactly the sort of reaction prompted by Victoria's Waiting, the band's debut album. It makes you sit up, take notice, succumb to their sharp, driving guitars and impassioned melodies and, as this writer will confess to doing on more than one occasion, break out the air guitar and headbanging routines perfected by rock 'n' roll fanboys the world over.

The album kicks off with "Black Elevator," a groovy, sultry, sexy track like the sort of thing Pearl Jam might write if they were desperately trying to seduce a bevy of beautiful women.

From there the brand break out the album's best cut, "Circus," a slow and quiet starter with lots of charming little guitars that occasionally tease at something big before eventually breaking out with riffs reminiscent of a monster truck shooting down the highway at high speeds on a hot summer's day. All the while frontman Robbie Cavanagh lets loose with a memorable, high-powered chorus.

Yet for all it's charms, Victoria's Waiting isn't the sort of album that is packed with great, instant classics from start to finish. Then again, let's face it, very few albums are. Starting with "Blow Out Stars," a slower, infinitely poppy number, and ending up somewhere around the moody, brooding ballad "Crash," the album veers off on a mediocre detour from the rocky highway that make up it's start and finish. That's not to say these are bad songs - far from it. But in the face of earlier numbers such as "Waterfall" and later tracks like the sonic blast of power-grunge that is "Elementary Girl," the album's midriff just doesn't come off as being fantastic. Give 'em a few listens though, and chances are they'll grow on you.

This Devastated Fan may only be a young band you've probably never heard of from a town you've probably never heard of, but, they've got all the potential in the world to become your new favourite band.

Reviewed by Chris Skoyles
A contributing writer for LAS based in Manchester, UK, Chris Skoyles covers music, movie and theatre reviews, as well as occasional features on entertainment, pop culture and social issues.

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