EP REVIEW: EDGE OF THIS : ALL EARS AVOW

Now we know how much we love and appreciate All Ears Avow and it seems that all the local bands and fans we talk to would highly recommend them as well. Of course this comes as no surprise, the band are truly passionate about music and work bloody hard in all they do- managing to fit gigging like crazy into their routines which, alone, is nothing short of impressive. And somehow in the year since EP ‘Reach’ and a hectic schedule they’ve managed to write a brand new (and highly anticipated) EP- titled ‘Edge Of This’!!!

This EP will definitely a marker in their musical career, acting as a strong continuation from ‘Reach’ it combines mastered structure, contagious choruses (one after another!) and demanding instrumentation.

‘Caged’ begins with strong guitar and vocal echoes that follow with a demanding drum beat (which reminds me of the intro for Underdog by You Me At Six) that is bound to instantly grab your attention. A track that will have your whole body moving, and potentially even head-banging nearer the end, makes this the perfect introduction to this EP, whilst also proving a bold and popular track live aswell!

Flowing nicely from that is the second track, ‘Gone’ which brings together a punchy guitar, demanding beat and passionate lyrics for a confident sound. This track is a great addition to their lives set aswell with great harmonies and catchy lyrics.

Edgy and energized guitar lines outline a great vocal range and harmonies that pour into this track. Upbeat and infectious- this track, ‘Hurricane’ is refreshing and upbeat, placed perfectly in the EP.

A stripped back intro invites you into ‘Just For Me’, with a pop-ier beat and softer vocals follows a rocky guitar that dips in and out. Returning to the vocals before a motivating groove completely takes over, and you can’t help but move to its contagious sound. Highlighting their memorable songwriting the lyrics, “it’s my fault, it got old..” in this track never fail to get stuck in my head. This track perfectly interlaces a pop-ier beat, layered guitar, catchy vocals and groovy baseline, making this a standout track and my personal favourite.

Next up is title track ‘Edge Of This’ which starts with a memorable guitar riff (and Don Broco vibes) that then fades into the background as the vocals and drums kick in. A full sound and a significant riff that continues to crop up throughout the track, brings that anthem ready sound that reminds me of the feeling I got when I’d listen to their previous track ‘Tongue Tied’.

Ending with a softer and slower track, ‘The Middle’, with punchy guitar that keeps you engaged and focused on the beautiful vocals. Even after a first listen I loved this track, differentiating from the others to emphasise just how well rounded these guys are. Sweet melody and stunning vocals compare to tracks like ‘Waves’ by Tonight Alive.

We’ve seen these guys develop from their early stages with ‘Home’ and it’s so easy to see how far they’ve progressed musically. Their recent EP ‘Reach’ showcased a mature and more contemporary sound; with catchy choruses and layered sounds that were nailed in ‘Get in the Game’ all seem to gel together and create this beautifully produced new EP.

From the high standards that Reach bought, its crazy how they’ve still hit the mark with a whole lease of new material that showcases their very own brand of alt rock that we can’t get enough of.

This EP and what I hope it’ll bring for All Ears Avow seriously excites me.

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Live Review : Harry Daniels – The Stable, chelt

Live at the Apollo but not as you know it, with drinks spilt and laughs shared but of a different variety. The Stable, Cheltenham, were hosts to a busy night of live music. A struggle for seating and the hustle and bustle of performers both on and off shift, the dim lighting shone across oak with stockpiled beers, ciders and grins spread ear to ear. Apollo Music’s night was a jovial one, and here is the rundown..

Opening with Chameleon, Ben Cipolla got play underway with a light helping of soulful latin-esk style guitar work, twinned with melodies reminiscent of Jack Johnson after a few fruity pitchers. The bar was set and set high with a familiarly composed performance with new release Worthwhile being particularly memorable, that strayed between soothing melodies and down alleys of more frantic guitar picking. The counter melodies rang nicely between voice and instrument with Saskia and Copa Cappuccino was the easiest of listening with a Spiro Gyra style spring in its step.

Elena followed and continued the strong vocal performance that was on show an act previous, starting with a Beyonce cover that now escapes me. Crowd interaction was friendly and at times very upper class, with ‘‘We were actually talking about this earlier over dinner’’ striking a very ‘hyacinth bucket’ tone. Original song Nickel was not quite as broadway as made out by the artist, but perhaps a more gentle stroll through tin pan alley yet still registering well nonetheless. The crowds attention seemed elsewhere at times, with the arrival of many a stonebaked pizza seeming to take priority. Despite at times seeming somewhat out of breath in the big chorus’, the set was cycled through well and was a strong Spilt Milk Debut.

Joel Francis seemed his own worst critic at times, disputing whether he can hit the range of some of his youthful songwriting however this didn’t show. A very commercial voice and look made this act particularly strong, with a chart-able style of songwriting. Despite quality shown via the performer, again the audience seemed somewhat elsewhere which is always unfair at times, but it’s not like you can tell them that is it.

The penultimate act was Natalie Holmes who was very accomplished and perhaps the strongest of the supports, with a very Sharon Van Etten sounding influence. Her set was heightened via a vocal harmony pedal which really brought life into sections and added another dimension to the performance. A few moments such as tuning aloud could perhaps be forgiven with such a good display, but don’t call your track ‘Umbrella’ when Rihanna already knocked that one for 6.

More originally titled ‘Motorway Mary’ by the evening’s headliner Harry Daniels Band must surely win song title of the decade, which the crowd at this point at its peak essentially knew every line. Lines of students were now off benches and bunched together wrestling to throw out their prize undies forward. It was clear these lads were having the best time which really adds a great deal to the spectacle, keys were at times overdominant but I always feel that in the live environment with how they can clutter the mix. The output was professional and were brought back to earth between songs with boyish crowd interaction, with gazes towards the merch table met with the line ‘We have T shirts over there, they cost a bomb mind’. Harry knows that he hasn’t got the range of the world’s best vocalist but his charisma and performance style pulls him through, as a he is relatable and authentic. Changed for one night only, ‘Streets of Cheltenham’ was a really good ballad, with enough groove to keep everyone hanging in there for the big single Troubadour. This track eclipsed the drunken merriment from every angle, a fantastic closer and a great curtain closer for the night, for the boys module and maybe even top draw for the University highlight reel.

 

 

-Lewis Abbott