EPs are a funny thing. They’re either brilliant and you wish there was a full album to devour or they’re completely unremarkable. Red House Glory are no strangers to EPs, however. Their latest, All Out of Love, marries pop punk with alternative against a backdrop of indie to make something pretty captivating.
Opening track and lead single “Pray Now” is equal parts emotion and grit and is a perfect example of the band’s sound. The accompanying video is a refreshing take on the ups and downs of any relationship but also, refreshingly, centres on two girls and the prejudices, sadly, still aimed at same-sex relationships.
Title track “All Out of Love” takes a slightly different approach, dropping gears where the other two tracks are a bit more up-tempo. “Painkiller” closes the EP and like the two tracks before it, is different again. Dark and brooding with a layer of grit for good measure, it’s probably the standout track.
Throughout, Johnny Greenfield’s bass lines snarl menacingly, refusing to lurk in the background. Meanwhile there’s soaring vocals provided by Lewis Knaggs to accompany his guitar work alongside that of Nathan Grace. The pair’s guitars flow evenly around each other, creating some great radio-friendly riffs to appeal to many difference preferences. We also have Theo Grace on drums, keeping things brilliantly uncomplicated to drive songs forward.
All Out of Love is the last of trio of EPs for Red House Glory and it makes me want to delve into their back catalogue to discover what other gems they may be hiding. It’s varied yet manages to retain a sense of conforming to a certain sound. It shows off a level of professionalism and mastery not often found on initial recordings. Red House Glory may well have big things in store for them if they keep up this level of quality.
All Out of Love is released 11th December