The Concept present the listener with a slight problem, and that might be an understatement. One must ask, “Is there a limit to just how close can you be to sounding like another band?” Surely there must be a line somewhere, and unfortunately it seems the Concept have crossed it. The band sounds exactly like Phoenix, to the point of it being uncanny. The issue we as listeners face is deciding if that is alright, especially when the stle-swipers write songs tht are on par with their inspirers.
From the use of Thomas Mars’ obsession with repetition to the odd chirps he’s vocally fond of, the Concept ape every bit they can. The synth bass, the ‘oh’s’, the chorus explosion, the slight accent (not actually their fault), and ever the damn melody itself is Phoenix. There really is no mistaking it. In the end you can decide for yourself, but I will say that I will listen to this song forever but always feel dirty doing so. I’ve never seen a band take inspiration to such sound-swiping heights, but maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention to other bands. This one caught my ears, and is bound to catch yours.