It’s been almost a year since we heard new music from Nottingham quartet As December Falls, a female-fronted rock act with more attitude than the title of their new EP suggests. When You Figure Out You’re Wrong, Get Back To Me, produced by Arthur Walwin (Charlie Simpson/Emma Blackerry), was released today, featuring a new rendition of the last song we heard from them almost a year ago, Capture, alongside four brand new tracks.
In the best part of a year since Capture was released with a music video directed by Rolling Vision, the band have been picking up acclaim left, right and centre; most notably from Scuzz TV, making their list of top unsigned bands from 2015, and Aaron Phillips of Amazing Radio.
The band are heading out on tour in March in support of the EP launch.
Despite Capture having been reworked, there’s still a different vibe to the song in comparison to the rest of the EP, and on that basis I’d have chosen to open with it but the band clearly thought differently, kicking things off with the Mallory Knox-esque riffs of Everything You Say. It only takes ten seconds for the vocals of frontwoman Beth Curtis to break through, and by the time the first half minute has passed, they have you hook, line, and sinker. After such a promising start it’s no wonder As December Falls go on to smash out such a good chorus, a feature they hit high on with every track on the EP.
Current single Don’t Say A Word follows fast, seeing the band up the attitude with the snappy, attention grabbing hook, “Don’t say a word if you know you don’t mean it / ‘Cause I don’t need you”, and there’s an almost satisfying, sarcastic, bitterness that comes with the delivery of, “You’re just so goddamn clever”. As musically pleasing as it is lyrically, they keep up the punchy, bold pace through Capture.
The back and forth vocals of Things I (Don’t) Want and the chant worthy chorus of closing Always Set On Letting Go let As December Falls prove they can tick all the boxes of solid alt-rock, mixing just enough “radio ready” sound to pitch them on the fast track to success and enough bite to sharpen their elbows and let them push in front of the samey-sound rock bands that aren’t of such strong stuff.
In a scene filling with generic rock bands thinking they’ve got something going for them, As December Falls are proud to stand up and brag about the fact that they actually have.
You can watch the video for Don’t Say A Word below.