The album weighs in at just over 26 minutes. Not one of them is wasted. Attitude is Everything. Well, maybe. But it’s this reviewer’s opinion that the punk aesthetic certainly doesn’t suffer from being in the hands of musicians as thoughtful and skilled as these.
There’s an impressive level of unity between band members here – a quality that speaks volumes on behalf of their time together, their dedication to the cause, and their passion for the process.
A three piece of guitar, bass and drums comes powering out of the traps here. It’s a fizzy capture, washes of cymbals and some heavy riffing on guitar creating a robust, muscular backdrop for some vocals with attitude.
Occupying the ground between Julian Cope during his Fried period and then the snarl and belligerent punky attitude of John Lydon, the lead vocal punches hard on the track Someone You Know. It then wanders into something more wistful and lyrically more exploratory on Waste of Time. There’s an ever-present natural vibrato when the vocal is more relaxed. But melodically, the vocals are making some very deliberate dissonant choices which reek of swagger and confidence and an overall looseness to proceedings which is genuinely original in the current climate.
Someone You Know also boasts interesting rhythm and arrangement choices. ‘Your expectations are too much,’ posits the singer. But they are actually served pretty well, thanks, with some smart arrangement chops which retain the interest well. These include a wandering exploratory guitar solo part and, in particular, a proper diversion into new territory just before the track’s conclusion, when a bridge part suddenly offers a sonic treat before resolving beautifully into a meaty post-chorus riff and the song abruptly concludes.
Waste of Time is more of a workout dynamically, with some questing guitar riffs adding a mystical air to the mix and the vocal gets to explore more tones, at times coming across like Gary Numan in terms of word-chewing delivery.
‘Waves crashing over waves,’ gets repeated in an intense repeating pattern in an exciting bridge part which again makes a welcome impression just before the song’s conclusion. It’s exciting and unexpected and really delivers.
A shot in the arm lyrically and in terms of attitude and energy, Microcosm’s EP is a breath of fresh air.
The tune is robust, fascinating and demonstrates a great sense of dynamic range and colour which elevates it to a very high level.Anthony Vince – Like This
Strap yourselves in, because So Sorry isn’t taking any prisoners! A relentless, powerful, guitar-driven behemoth that is taking no notice of any traffic regulations today, thank you.
Pulsating rhythms are met with growling screams that all culminate in one of the sickest guitar solos of recent memory.
As an early taster from the upcoming album Director’s Cut, Troy Petty’s I Am The Dark is an unforgettable introduction to the artist’s intense rock sound and creative musical craft-work. The piece builds in detail and intensity throughout, following the thick roll of a dramatic drum-line, given depth and humanity by a notably passionate and unique leading voice – … Continued
Shorelines to Sutton have done everything right in getting to where they are. The musicianship is on point, impressive & expressive at the same time, varied & interesting, tight. The songwriting is real & meaningful.
Lemesios exerts a certain musical prowess & level of experience on this project, his background in scoring music for film has resulted in a totally unique, cinematic experience, which also offers a definite level of provocative songwriting.
Zach’s approach to artistry is so unique right now, he seems unaffected by genre or expectations, and that makes his music feel all the more free.
The release is one that begins with a colourful & rather classic rock ambiance – think The Beatles – and evolves later on to layer up a number of world music inspired elements that totally derail the experience in a creatively refreshing way.
Keeps you intrigued throughout, right through to the finishing, chaotic moment that is Never Die. The vibrancy & energy exemplify life, living; rock & roll.