For once getting well ahead of the game, this three-track EP from Bristolian twisted hardcore outfit Syren City isn’t out until June 24th. Makes a change from reviewing stuff that’s out *panic* tomorrow…
It’s a concept EP, which is impressive when you think about it. Mind you, I suppose any story only needs a beginning, middle and end so three tracks should do it. It’s part of a bigger scheme as well, with it being linked by various threads to the next couple of EPs also.
Soundwise, it’s good stuff. Opener “It’s Morphine Time” batters the crap out of you for the first fifteen or so seconds, then while you’re lying there dazed it inserts an evil little hook. The rhythm that follows would make this a perfect track for belting out of the speakers at a synchronised headbanging contest. Despite this, the song on the whole manages to cram in a load of tempo changes, melodics, heavier sections… you name it.
“Danielle” is no less heavy once the intro is past, but the tone and way the vocals scan reminds me of My Chemical Romance. No problem for me (Black Parade still ranks as one of the best albums of its era in my opinion), but I do know they were one of “those” bands who took endless criticism for basically being popular. Thing is, I don’t care. “Danielle” is probably my favourite track of the three on offer here.
“10,000 Knives” (due to be a video single soon) is a schizophrenic number. Part laid back, part screamed bounce machine it’s got something for everyone. Assuming everyone likes anthemic singalong breaks, fist-pumping rhythms and guitar solos you can jump around to.
This is a great little release and you’d do well to note that date in your calendars (June 24th) and follow the band on facebook or wherever to make sure you don’t miss the video release.
Oh, and you can catch them live in April:
- 14th – GLASGOW Classic Grand
- 15th – NEWCASTLE Space Bar
- 16th – MANCHESTER Factory
- 17th – BIRMINGHAM The Rainbow
- 18th – NORWICH B2
- 19th – LONDON The Garage
- 20th – BRISTOL The Louisiana