*originally printed in The Sentinel on the 3rd June 2011
Local five piece, Sherry Counsellors are relatively new to the scene but already they have proven to be very productive and generous in how they are promoting their music. You can download their EP Dance of the Birdman for free via their facebook page along with new song Tear Me To The Core, which is being released as part of their ‘one song per month’ policy. This would mean nothing if it wasn’t so good. Tear Me To The Core is a straight up ballad with the Manic Street Preachers being a clear influence. The bittersweet Brit guitar melody reverberates serenely over delicate acoustic rhythms and understated percussion. It has a very chilled out vibe despite the clear emotional compromise that the lyrics are embattled with. It may not be the most original release in the world but it still works as a slow burning ballad and I, for one, definitely look forward to hearing more from this band.