Led by vocalist and songwriter Daniel Anderson, The Rags have built a passionately devoted following on home shores for their sophisticated blend of melodically inventive guitar-pop and razor-sharp lyrical expressiveness.
Announcing their arrival on the scene with a succession of rapturously received EP releases, The Rags return from an extended spell in the recording studio with 12 tracks that provide the foundation for a remarkable modern pop record. ‘A National Light’ will be released on 28th May 2010.
From the album’s Joyce-sampling, Yeats-referencing title track, replete with vivid imagery of returning literary heroes recoiling at “smut magazines and souls as black as sin” to the sordid conspiracies observed amid the swirling web of Smiths-esque guitar hooks and throbbing drumbeats of ‘A Murderous Chant’, the feelings and sentiments expressed on these tracks are underpinned by a unifying sense of purpose.
From the deceptively danceable, Wildean-themed elaboration on superficiality ‘A Mirror To A Woman (Is A Bullet In A Gun)‘ to the quiet desperation at the heart of the delicately psychedelic ‘Owner Of A Loveless Life’, ‘A National Light’ laments the spirit-crushing travails of modernity while shining a benelovant beam of consolation on us all.