Last Great Dreamers - Transmissions From Oblivion
Glam rockers Last Great Dreamers have existed in a few difference guises since 1989 when they started out on their musical journey as the Silver Hearts. In 1993 they changed their name to Last Great Dreamers and achieved some success and recognition, releasing their debut album Retrosexual. They were nominated for Best New Band at Kerrang MTV Awards in 1995, where they came runner up to Skunk Anansie. After another reinvention and change of name to Jet/Jet City they decided to call it a day in 1997.
Over fifteen years passed before founder members Marc Valentine (vocals/guitar) & Slyder (guitar) reunited and decided to reform Last Great Dreamers. They release third album Transmissions From Oblivion on September 30th the first release since their reformation via their own independent label Ray Records.
Opening with the catchy Oblivion Kids the album has you singing along from the off before moving onto the Buzzcocks style Love To Hate Me. For Glitterball Apocalyse, their latest single, think The Kinks meet Jeff Beck Dedicated Follower of Fashion in Hi Ho Silver Lining! The shortest track on the album, The Way We Collide is something like I’m a Believer by The Monkees meets I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles.
A couple of mellower tracks follow before we come to Dope School which was the first single to be released from the album back in November 2015. With its siren introduction leading into riffage to match, this is my favourite track and had me thinking of For Your Love by The Yardbirds.
Tommy’s Tears another mellow track has a Ronettes’ Be My Baby vibe. With its Cockney inflected vocals You Don’t Work is like an updated old British music hall song, think Any Old Iron Peter Sellers style dragged into the 21st Century! Then we come to Chasing Heroes with its strong bass start which reminded me of Reckless Love’s Hot done 70s style. Misunderstood had me thinking of The Jam’s Eton Rifles. Then we come to the last song the Prince Charming by Adam Ant style Turn It Up a fast one to end the album on a high note which does indeed have you reaching to rack that volume up and dance round the room!
To sum up I’ll go back to the track The Way we Collide; think of The Beatles, colliding with The Kinks, and shunting into The Yardbirds. Transmissions From Oblivion is a fantastic album packed with lots of different elements and these guys are even better live. As luck would have it Manchester fans just might get a sneak preview of some of the tracks at their gig at Bar Metro Rocks, Bolton on 29th September.
Words: Louise Swift