The Revolt opens the way any good EP should – establishing riffs and a drumbeat that wraps itself around the flow of the guitar, before the Sante’s (Moonie) vocals enter and fit it all together. Back when their debt EP came out, I had the band tipped as “an absolute masterpiece”, and this opener, Kings, does not disappoint from that. It doesn’t surprise me that the band seem a lot more settled, comfortable and secure in their sound, creating tracks which have a lot more focus put on them and sound tighter and, well, quite simply, better because of it. Second track, Stand Down, pushes into the body of the track from the start, and the grabbing opening sounds rather like Twin Atlantic-ish, before the rest of the track slips into something that I can’t find a suitable comparison for. Sadly, the breakdown coming in at the end feels a little messy and unnecessary, and if they felt that their genre of music made them obliged to put it in, they’re wrong; their music is more than excellent without having to make allowances for conventions that other, less established bands stick to.
Prophecies features a slightly predictable intro, but is made up for not only with the terrific vocals and lyricism, but the surprisingly brilliant breakdown with splits the track in two and slows the EP down – you see, they can do breakdowns which suit them if they wish! The fact that the pace is brought down and has a heavier focus on the instrumental shows something I prize in bands – their ability to control their music and play what sounds good, not show off how much they can play (I feel like I’m saying this all the time recently). Goodbye starts where Prophecies finished off; slow and controlled, building up and ever-changing until Sante’s voice takes control of the track and lead the music. Again, the rise and fall of the music is prominent, with sadder, slower and more honest lyrics which match perfectly and create a song the crowds will love to join in with. Final track, Strangers In August, is much different to the other tracks on the EP, with an acoustic opening breaking over an electric guitar. It’s impossible to not be touched by the resigned yet emotive lyrics “not lovers, not friends as such, a shame, that’s what they’ll say”, and the final line “hold me tight, say that we’ll be alright” is delivered well enough to be a snapshot for the whole EP.
What I already thought were an incredible music talent have only managed to improve on their debut, finding their sound and nurturing it to create a five track EP that depicts music as an art in a way which few artists are capable of anymore. 9/10.