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Posted by admin on 22nd Jun 2012 at 4:45 pm

“Shibuya Crossings release a cracking double A-sided single in the form of Gamla Stan and I’ll Meet You At The Station.

Lead track Gamla Stan is a vibrant indie rocker that recalls the classic likes of Teenage Fanclub and Fountains of Wayne, especially in the way the band meditates on the tragedy of missing love and the brevity of life’s little moments in its lyrics. I’ll Meet You At The Station slows down the pace a little but is a lovely mid-tempo offering that wears its heartfelt sentiments on its sleeve in totally endearing fashion. If its predecessor carried more of an indie/alternative vibe about it, then this track is soaked in classic rock values.”

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“As ‘Gamla Stan’ continues it becomes more and more obvious that this is quite a track by Shibuya Crossings. Steeped in mid-nineties influences (Sparklehorse, Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub to name but a few) there’s an easily missed strength through gentleness about this that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. 7/10″

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“New single from Shibuya Crossings Gamla Stan / I’ll Meet you at the Station gives a cracking little insight into this trio’s new Album DOYA (Depend on Your Alter-Ego) released last summer. While these two tracks have all the hallmarks of great British pop, the influences of the three band members singer and guitarist Declan Harrington, bassist Rob Toshman and Filipino drummer Ian Escario range from hard edged punk to contemporary pop. And I mention that Ian Escario is Filipino only because how many other Filipino drummers can you name? (And no, that’s not a competition.)

Gamla Stan is all foot-tapping backbeat, guitars and vocal melodies that fair trips along. I’ll Meet you at the Station is a much more thoughtful ‘lost love’ song revealing the quality of the band’s song-writing. A great advert for the band and a sufficient hook for this listener to check out the album.”

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