Vocals – Sam Appleyard
Guitar – Suraj Mann
Bass – Adam Walker
Guitar – Kieran Shaw
Drums – Stephan Gardner-Bushell
2. Hidebound (feat. Richard Lardner)
3. Chailleann tu me
5. Ghost pt. II
6. Embrace The Rain
So often the comparison has been made between youth and energy, and the case is none truer than an up-and-coming band wearing their passions on their sleeve. One band that seems to have everyone convinced they are going to take the UK by a storm are Midlands based noise pedlars; An Elegy, with their short and powerful EP “Embrace the Rain”.
Having spent over a year locked away in a rehearsal space perpetually perfecting the finishing touches to the record, the band are now ready to unveil their unholy majesty. The record itself is mature sounding and well produced. Affording themselves such sole-focused dedication to getting the disc finished has evidently allowed them to bypass testing the water with their debut release and refine their sound to its most polished state.
The band have spoke a lot about the passion and emotion driven through their sound and what they’ve put out can only be described as an emphatic barrage of the senses. The whole EP is littered with examples that are packed with enough aggression to inspire violence, and this is achieved throughout the band. The clarity in the production on the guitars is masterful, and immediately noticeable, while the drums rain down like hammers and compliment each note with precision.
With such a wrecking ball of a back-line on show, it’s just as important that Miley Cyrus isn’t the one swinging on it. Perhaps the most abundantly clear feat of the record is the harsh and bruising effort put forward from front man; Sam Appleyard, who is no doubt pulling faces only a mother could love while forcibly demanding your attention. While the backing vocals put forward from bass player; Adam Walker, offer little more than whiny melody and not much else, a degree of balance between clean and screamed vocals does come as a welcome relief.
Listening back to the record, I would continually urge the band to focus more on their impressive riff compositions and less on the aggro-emo stuff. When the decision is made to put reverb over drawn out, unintelligible vocal-venom beneath the soft pitter-patter of rain (a tired cliché in a relatively modern trend), it screams less game-changer and more unwelcome shower at a festival.
While I would acutely appreciate the effort gone in to putting this recording together, it belongs to a genre so divided that its fair to assume this EP will lack the draw of universal appeal. By anyone’s standards, this is a heavy and punishing listen. They certainly shout loud enough, lets hope their fans aren’t too far apart to hear them.