Release Date: February 1st, 2010
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The dual vocalist approach has managed to work for a few bands lately, most notably the Welsh mob The Blackout. Scotland have spawned their own group who are having a crack at it themselves, and with their debut full-length ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’, Yashin have managed to prove themselves as a worthy competition in their scene.
After the heavy gut-punching ‘Intro (Awake While I’m Asleep)’ you’re chucked into the first offering of the often melodic and ever so catchy aura of this album with ‘Get Loose!’. The dual vocal attack is on perfect display here, Harry Radford‘s clean vocals and Kevin Miles‘ harsh vocals brush against one another perfectly, bringing the band forward as a more recognised and noticeable group than they shown to be with previous EPs ‘Pay To Play’ and ‘Miles Away, But Getting Closer’. The mainstream yet mature and impressive sound has clearly been refined and perfected with plenty of practice, as tracks like ‘Down, But Homeward Bound’ and ‘Friends In High Places’ deliver the same results.
More melodic and toned-down workings are on show here too. ‘Black Summer’ and ‘Hope’ allow a short breath of fresh air from the fast-paced, pumped up and excitable nature of the album. They also act as a reflection to show just how much this group have progressed since their last release in 2008. As said before, their sound has become more mainstream and familiar, but pulled-off well this acts as a positivity as opposed to a negativity on their behalf.
Sadly the down moment comes with their cover of Britney Spears‘ single ‘Everytime’ at the album’s close. Though executed well, the album as a whole would work a lot better if it was just cut off from it completely, and seems to bring down the concept and feel attained through the previous 10 tracks. On the plus side, it helps to show that the instrumentation from members Paul Travers, Lewis Millen, Andy McShane and David Beaton has improved substantially too.
One track isn’t going to cause Yashin much damage though, and ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’ is definitely going to set the Scottish 6-piece in a prime position for others to take notice.
Written by Zach Redrup