Artist: Such Strange Arts
Album: More Than We Know EP
Release Date: 18th August 2014
Such Strange Arts, a 4 piece pop punk band outfit from Essex, have recently released a 5-track EP titled More Than We Know, as a follow-up to their critically acclaimed début Our Time Is Now. Having played at several prestigious venues, including O2 Academy Islington, now is the time for this promising band to push on to bigger and better things.
Track 1, More Than We Know, is the title track, and as it kicks in I’m immediately reminded of Blink-182; quick, catchy riffs, slightly gruff but melodic vocals, and generally a happy feel to it. This song is definitely one for everyone’s summer play-lists. I already feel as though these guys have a big future in this industry.
Track 2, Ignite, sounds to me somewhat like a crossover between Good Charlotte and The All American Rejects. It feels a bit more punk-y than the opening track, but still retains that happy, upbeat sound that really grabbed my attention in the first song. Cosette (perhaps named after the female role in Les Misérables) seems to be about lost or unrequited love, and you can hear that there is a slighter darker theme in the bridge of the song more than anywhere else, when it really slows down and Jake’s voice gets much deeper. Make no mistake; this is a very strong song, and I have absolutely no complaints about this EP so far. Give It Up kicks off with a really high tempo riff. Some excellent guitar work with a lovely tone, which leads into the verse. Being a guitarist myself, I can comfortably say that I am impressed with Matt’s ability to wield an axe. The chorus sounds huge, and is one that will maximise crowd participation. Incredibly catchy, with good technical abilities on display, this is a fantastic piece of art.
The final song is called Secret. It’s the longest track on the EP and has the feel of a band who has taken inspiration from several bands in several genres, trying to create their own, unique sound, and pulling it off marvellously. Overall, this EP is extremely impressive. It held my attention all the way through, and that’s something that is becoming rarer and rarer these days. I highly recommend giving this a listen; the only disappointment for me is that there weren’t more songs to be enjoyed!
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