Someday I – Chances review

SOMEDAYICHANCESTomorrow marks the release of the sophomore EP from pop-rock trio Someday I. Back in 2012 they released their debut self-titled work, and have since seen their fanbase expand, including grabbing the attention of Huw Stephens with the first track off Chances, Burn The Night, being premiered on his BBC Radio 1 show. The official music video for the trakc cna be checked out below; “the song is all about moving on and starting a clean slate,” says vocalist Luke Gover, “the video acts as an almost prelude to the song’s statement.”

With riffs that take a backseat and the deadpan, honest, vocal intonation that is so often stapled with pop-rock, Burn The Night sets things going. From the soaring hooks of the chorus to the lazy pronunciation, features that tap into the style of every track, there’s the feeling that Someday I have made music not in the same vein as your radio-read pop-rock heroes of All Time Low and You Me At Six, but along the lines of more underground artists such as Stakeout and Taking Hayley (albeit, both of these having disbanded now). There’s a type of music that’s made for fun-loving tours and enthusiastic fans and blue-and-pink orientated light shows, and that’s what Chances sets itself out as.

Second Lost Heart opens with, “it’s been a while since I felt the same way”, a line that’s the perfect example of how the band have played things relatively safely; broad lyrics that anyone can relate to at some point. It’s easy to see why they’ve done this, making things with a tried-and-tested method, but it takes off some of the originality personal power that similar artists boast.

Again, the deadpan vocals welcome Young Forever, with an opening verse that deserves much more in terms of delivery; lines about survival demand a sign to show that they’re more than just cliched scribbled down to sound moving, and being covered in upbeat hooks doesn’t always work – unfortunately they don’t even have the happy-go-lucky insistence of Bring Me The Horizon’s Happy Song to swing them far enough in the direction of optimism.

Although the opening to final Letting Go sounds somewhat similar to that of Taking Hayley’s Up All Night, it feels like the peak of the EP is reached with it. Percussion punctuates the vocals which are delivered with suitable doses of power and emotion, making the closing track an all-round banger. This is how the genre should be done.

Yes, there are points where the music touches on uninspired, but it’s hardly the end of the world. Throughout, it’s a fun listen, and all four tracks are very much made for live shows – Someday I will have no trouble winning over new fans as they belt out these numbers.

You can check out the video for Burn The Night below.

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