Lots of plangent strings this week, which is all very well but where's the alt-rock'n'roll going to come from? San Francisco, if Photons are any indication. An octet, if people are arguing that the new Maccabees album, not especially heavy on violins or death-set marches, is Arcade Fire-like then this definitely is with its tunnel vision, instrumental expansion play (there's a bassoon player!) and New Wave injections among the chiming guitars, declamatory vocals and echoes of Modest Mouse, pre-Bernard Butler Black Kids and the Smiths. There's definite potential here for them to follow the not too dissimilar We Are Scientists into the hearts of the indie kid hoi polloi.
Photons - Cease and Desist