The Halcyon Band
From page 96 of Classic Rock Magazine December 2002
(Eggbert) Although experienced by all new bands, the desperate search by both listeners and critics to locate and bestow musical reference points to describe their sound can be suffocating. This quandry is amplified when, as here, the press release that accompanies this debut inaccurately cites the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Stooges as deliberate influences.
Formed in York three years ago, The Halcyon Band's articulate live performances both here and in the States have already been exalted, and their perpetual gigging has neatly moulded and sharpened their material. At their most incisive when loosening their collars and increasing the tempo, the impeccable jangle of 'Machine Gun Fire' and 'Year Of The Rat' prove their freshness.
However, their flaws are apparent on the more laid-back and lightweight tracks, such as 'Better Son', when the low-budget production cruelly exposes their weaknesses.
***** Rich Wilson