Album Review: Make Do And Mend - Don’t Be Long
A new Make Do And Mend album is always something to anticipate and receive with a frenzied appetite and the build up to ‘Don’t Be Long’ has been no exception. Following on from 2012’s ‘Everything That You Ever Loved’, the band have returned with a new set of punk rock poems aiming to reiterate to everyone why they are still the scene’s definitive heartbreak kids.
The thing that has consistently set Make Do And Mend away from the rest of baying pack is their knack for pulling at the heartstrings with their songwriting without losing any of their initial bite. Opening with the sentimental cool of ‘Don’t Be Long’ and angsty beauty of ‘Ever Since’, the band paint two different sides to the concept of love in quick succession with real uumph. Throughout loneliness, enamorment, resentment and loss are all prodded, dissected and exorcised while still being coated in spiky riffs and passion conjured from the very depths of the band’s conscious. Demonstrated perfectly on ‘Old Circles’ which incorporates “woah ohs” with retrospective connotations and ‘Each Of Us’ which sways and jolts with pretty chords and rallying cries, this is a band that has found the perfect outlet to express their affections without compromising on their musical impact.