In the years they've been off the scene since the release of their Choice Prize nominated debut We Thrive On Big Cities in 2006, Malahide foursome Director seem to have fallen into the chasm of forgotten overplayed indie rockers of the time. With I'll Wait For The Sound Director have come back guns blazing to reclaim their lost territory.
Director have a distinct formula that seems to work for them. There's a sharpness and a class about them that escapes so many of their piers, not only because of their clear, defined guitar sounds. They're a likeable bunch of boy next door types and Michael Moloney's smooth, round tones provide some of the most pleasing vocals around. Best known for the catchy riffs and sturdy beats of their previous singles Reconnect and Easy To Me, fans will be happy to find plenty more of those upbeat pop rock sounds here, all be they somewhat standardised and, in all likelihood, even less enduring.
But it's when Director move away from their characteristic sound that they really shine. A hard distorted guitar riff sweeps brilliantly through the six and a half minute title track with its ominous harmonies, agitated rhythms and bass driven break. At What Point's light twiddling plucked guitar implies a folk influenced pop tune before full metal guitars thunder overhead. Emotion seeps through Can't Go Home's melodramatic and phantasmal piano line, while the offbeat danceable hook of Moment to Moment crafts some edgy indie pop.
It's moments like these that are why Director shouldn't be lumped in with the masses in their saturated genre. If only they could muster more of them…