Treasures – Alive review

PromoImageTRFor the past two years, Basingstoke quintet Treasures having been making a name for themselves in the scene of alternative rock, sharing a stage with the likes of Mallory Knox, Don Broco and Natives. Alone, these are impressive accolades, but when you check into consideration that their debut EP, Alive, isn’t out till 26th January, you’re presented with a new level of awesome from them.

Unlike the shaky foundations many bands build themselves up on, bassist John Adam and vocalist Nick Beeney knew they had something a bit special going on from the off when they came together back in early 2012. Not content with simply treading water and impressing local crowds with their polished live shows, Treasures set out in search for something more, working up to a main stage appearance at Burnout Festival and accompanying Save Your Breath for a Slamdunk warm-up show.

Recorded last June with Neil Kennedy of The Ranch Production House, Alive is an EP sure to set the band on the map. Each of the five tracks winds in influences from a variety of genres, amounting in a clean and tight welcome statement to new fans, and offering only a glimpse of the bright future the five-piece seem promised.

Home is a sharp and punchy opening, mingling both catchy refrains and strong riffs to maintain control through the track. Setting the record in strong stead, Our Friends, Our Enemies continues the same clear vibe. Nick’s vocals splutter, spark and dance over the verses, coming out in violent bursts through the chorus, and excellent production separates and pulls the decisive instrumental, layering up to forge a sound akin to… well, no one’s been quite this good so early on.

Do What I Want is very much a freedom anthem – the title being rather self explanatory in that respect. There’s hints of the honest and sparky sound most new bands produce running through this, their feet as secured to the ground as their heads are afloat in the clouds. Controlled as personal The Waiting Game makes it as my personal favourite off the release, displaying the control the band are capable, more lyrically and instrumentally. Tinged with a coating of romantic longing, the track is an undeniable triumph for its true to life lyricism and honesty.

Closing title track Alive would make the perfect lead single, for more than simply practicalities. With all the passionate desperation of Bring Me The Horizon’s Drown, and dips in the pits of both dead-pan and harsh vocals, this track is a small world away from the preceding song. Aspects like this make the EP feel slightly unsettled, a sound waiting to be honed, but with that set aside the release is more than promising.

Remember when everyone suddenly stumbled over Mallory Knox’s Signals and realised it was a piece of absolute genius? That precisely how the world should react to this offering with it’s determination and pure fury driving both the sound and their careers.

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