From Scotland they may be but Inch Blue evoke the spirit of Manchester and Liverpool on their second EP, elegantly titled 'Three Songs About Dreams, Lovers & The Sea'. Fittingly the songs revel in epic, moody, guitar-heavy soundscapes, quite an achievement for a three piece. 'This Aquarian's Dream' has all the required bluster but not quite the hook it strives for. 'Faith Is A Pointless Thing' is much more like it; Gavin Ashworth whips up some Chameleons-style chord changes whilst the chorus is fiery and memorable. 'Stars And Secrets' is a suitably misery-tinged finale boasting a last orders vibe to send off the raincoat-clad fans into the night. Inch Blue call to mind many influences, in particular the leading lights of the post-punk scene but their nearest soundalikes are Easterhouse who were a bit partial to a heavy production sound and breast-beating vocals themselves. The key will be whether this promising band can find an identity for themselves but the overriding confidence displayed on these three tracks suggests that they will succeed.