Alternative pop/rock seems to be everywhere at the minute, piercing its way into mainstream radio station playlists and filling up the local music scene not just in Nottingham, but all over the country, so it’s a hard genre to break into. Contrary to popular belief, there’s a little more needed to creating a Lower Than Atlantis-style masterpiece than just throwing together a pair of guitarists, a bassist, a drummer and choosing who can hold a tune best – you need originality and a real love for the music you’re creating. As listeners, we can tell if a band’s loving what they’re doing or not, from their gigs, social networking and promotion, but most of all from their tracks.
This band needs no introduction, kick starting the EP with passionate vocals which could be compared to a mix of You Me At Six and Mallory Knox. If I didn’t know they had relatively just set off on the road to fame, I could’ve been fooled by their skilled song writing and layered vocals formed in a hauntingly beautiful manner on the opening track, Hometown. That sort of technique generally takes years of attempts to master, but in this EP, it’s perfect; the continued repetition of the one line “who said that I’d go quietly?” is understated and subtly brilliant. What a way to start!
The second track, Contender, feels like it has the potential to be a timeless emotion fuelled ballad, up there with the likes of Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls, although some of the backing – especially the drumming – feels like it belongs in a Bastille track. Either way, it’s a big change from the first track, and shows on the band’s capabilities fantastically. Definitely one to get the crowd waving their arms in time to at a live show.
The pace picks up again with Burning Out, a song that very much reminded me of Taking Hayley’s Circles. This song is an absolute corker, cleverly fitted together verses and a chorus that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs and feel a part of something. On many levels, that’s what music’s all about – feeling a part of something and a connection with not only the band, but with the people you’re sharing the music with. This song is going to be an absolute hit, with the perfect criteria for a single and an all time favourite.
It feels like in the last track there’s a lot more focus on the guitar and drum backing, and the bridges show this off. It’s so easy to cop out and just focus on incredible lyrics but Lacey clearly put the effort into every aspect. This past year there’s been a lot of attention on Nottingham’s music due to Jake Bugg, and although they’re not in the same genre, I think Lacey have the potential to get just as far as him, if not further!
Rating – 5/5
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