Label: Oh! Inverted World Records Release date: 22/11/10 Link: Myspace Right, best to get the boring stuff that you’ll read in every feature or review on the Violet May out of the way first: The lead singer’s name is Chris McClure. You’ll have seen him smoking on the front cover of the Arctic Monkey’s debut album. You’ll be aware of his brother Jon McClure, Reverend of “And The Makers” fame. But cast aside all fears of nepotism, for it turns out the Violet May are more than equipped to make it on their own merits, and their debut single is a cracking signal of intent. Kicking off with a sharp wave of buzz saw riffing, it’s instantly noticeable that we’re heading into much darker territory than that of his friends. There is more than a hint of the 80’s Matchbox B-line Disaster on display, bursting with a sinister urgency, while McClure’s voice possesses dark, gothic tones and simmers with underlying menace. Clocking in at just under three minutes, ‘Jennifer Lies’ marks the Violet May out as ones to watch: on this basis they could be out-performing their peers very soon. Photobucket