Calling All Heroes – Origins review

CAHHaving recently released the second track off their debut EP as a single (check out the lyric video below), we took the chance to check out Welsh alternative rockers’ full release Origins. Inspired by a colossal blend of their influential genres and artists, this four track release is served up with the common traits of driving choruses and melodic leads, with each self-contained song boasting its own atmosphere.

Although the band are female fronted and can be compared to the calibre of certain alt-rock female-lead outfits, it’s far from the “gimmick” so many treat that feature as; they still deliver every track with the same power and ferocity that any real rockers should. They’ve taken this asset to use to their advantage, with Bethan Williams’s vocal dexterity transforming a solid structure into a wild and diverse masterpiece.

Opening The Revolution kicks off the piece with a ludicrously long intro – by the time the vocals get a chance to play their part you feel as if you’ve heard all they can achieve; it’d be hard to be more wrong though. A swelling sense of life builds in this opening, with Bethan’s voice melting into the backing to boost the power, and the harsh reality glimpsed through the lyrics deepening the track. Some crafty guitar work proves supportive to the overwhelming chant of, “This is the revolution”, which later comes into its own as the music takes over, ensuring a suitable pit frenzy at live shows.

The Boys and Girls of Misery (below) stakes its claim as my personal favourite off the EP; commencing in a slightly calmer form, a few cliched lyrics (“so here we are once again, my enemy, my closest friend”) are made up for by being laced with a sharp pace. Pulling and pushing the focus of vocals and instrumental creates an impression of great control and design in the music, with tight hooks in the chorus making the track hard not to love. There’s a subtle Marmozets-esque power in the track, and when male harsh vocals wind themselves in at the close, that’s blown away by sheer, full-on force.

With an instrumental that almost overwhelms the softer vocals, Against All Odds takes its time to build itself up, with exertion peaking at the jarring pre-chorus. Once the guitar takes over the track it’s hard not to find yourself dancing along to the music, or at very least giving the air-guitar solo of your life – musically, this track is near on perfect. They boast a clear knack for tight, catchy lyrics, and how they slot together the vocal and musical focus together is a real triumph, and one that doesn’t get old. Closing I Bet On You, Jack doesn’t do much to blow the rest of the EP out the window, but proves they can’t make a single weak track, with the dexterity and ability of the vocals standing out.

This is one of those EPs you’ll either find yourself enjoying on repeat, or flicking through each track without settling on a favourite; they set a high standard for debut EPs.

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