High Rise – Tides Will Take You review

The initial formation of melodic post-hardcore band High Rise was way back in 2011, where they gained some impressive notches in their belts, including playing a sold out headline show in their first month, and racking up a total of fifty shows in their first four months. Unfortunately, 2012 saw the band take an indefinite hiatus, and things could well have been it for High Rise. Their time wasn’t up though, and the band have returned, taking a step away from live shows to record and release their debut EP, Tides Will Take You.

The quintet call south-west London home, and the solidified line up now stands at Jovic Staddon (Vocals), Ryan Beckett (Bass), Tom Thain (Guitar), Ricky Gurung (Guitar), and Sam Christou (Drums). Memories is the debut single to be taken from the band, and you can check out the video for it below. The clever video shows the band at their days jobs in sheeps masks, before they shed these when the video cuts to them in the studio. It’s a straightforward but ingenious idea, and one that’ll undoubtedly appeal to the masses.

Tides Will Take You begins with a roar; quite literally – opening Burdens is fuelled by harsh vocals and shouts, propelled onwards with manic riffs. They encapsulate a frantic live show excellently in the studio sound, but it’s clear from the starting blocks that these songs are ones made for the stage and a manic crowd to join them. Stretching over five minutes, Burdens is the sort of track to have a mosh pit ensue and leave everyone in the crowd absolutely shattered by its close.

Single Memories sees the production really come into its own, with melodic riffs plunging the track into the depths of the genre. In contrast, the acoustic opening to title track Tides Will Take You shows the band don’t need to be loud and heavy to have an effective impact, vocals weaving in to layer up the track, with backing vocals adding atmosphere that notable in the rest of the EP but most distinguishable here; my personal favourite off the record.

Contrast comes again between the two minutes title track and the six minute closer, Brotherhood. Energy is piled into every line, and there’s an almost stop-start technique used to lurch the track forward with renewed waves of power. The distinctly post-hardcore vocals layer up with copious enthusiasm, and if these tracks are a fair example of what to expect from a live show, their live shows will be unmissable.

Fierce and confrontational, themes of unity run strong in the record, with unforgiving confidence making it as fantastical as it is. I bet good things lay in wait for High Rise.

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