California’s The Sleepover Disaster have aimed for the niche market of shoegazing which means they get reviewed on even smaller niche websites such as The Weblog of Leonard’s Lair. In true independent fashion, they’ve even missed off a letter from the band name in their own sleeve notes. Nit-picking aside though, ‘Hover’ is forty of minutes of effects-driven fun.
The frail vocals, all too familiar to shoegazing fans and detractors alike, are in evidence from the off for the rather anaemic opening track ‘Friend’. ‘Code Breaker’ is better; the boxes for Slowdive atmospherics, elegant verses and euphoric choruses are all duly ticked and ‘Make You Sing’ is another gentle number.
Generally though, The Sleepover Disaster occupy harder-edged territory. ‘Dark Star’ and ‘On A Sunday’ throw layer upon layer of guitars creating a dark and heavy sound which is quite impressive for a trio. Brave of them, though, to save the best song until last as ‘Songwriting For Dummies’ crystallises the best elements of the album into an eight-minute celebration of noise and glacial melody.
‘Hover’ is nowhere near a disaster but nor is it the kind of record which will silence the critics of this style of music. It is however, a good, solid record of its type even though it could have quite easily emanated from the original years of the shoegazing movement.