The opening bars of 'Get By' sound immediately familiar, but it's only when the "wooaaoooh" chants kick in that you realise the song sounds like it has been heavily influenced by Kasabian. "Oh you try to get by, get by, get by," singer Barrie-James O'Neill croons on the chorus over a persistent rumbling guitar, before we are treated to a '70s-styled rock solo.
Follow-on 'Maybe I'll Find' is a distinctly lighter cut with acoustic touches and a capella harmonies that recall similarities between Stereophonics' earlier work, while title track 'One Man Army' begins with a pop-rock piano riff that bares a strikingly familiar Mancunian tone not too far away from Liam Gallagher. That said, the latter slowly builds into a wistful rock ballad that will fare well in a live setting.
'Home' is Kassidy's take on folk that borrows a little of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes' carefree melodies over a foot-tapping chorus. Meanwhile, 'There Is A War Coming' utilises a bouncy chord progression that Kaiser Chiefs would be happy to call their own. As a result, Mr. Magoo himself could figure out the inspirations behind the band's second outing with ease, but like their namesake Butch Cassidy, the final outcome makes for an enjoyable piece all the same.
Tracks to download: 'Home', 'Maybe I'll Find', 'Flowers At The Edge Of The Rain'
If you like this, you'll like: Kasabian, Oasis, Stereophonics, Kaiser Chiefs
Watch the music video for Kassidy's 'One Man Army' below: