Though a young band, having formed in January of this year, Scottish alternative rock band Soundwhole upon listening instantly intrigue and engage the ear with an easily flowing and confident sound. A steady and increasing amount of gigs has helped a so good tightness of sound to emerge that belies the bands relatively short existence, their forthcoming debut EP the proof and satisfying result of their hard work and enthusiasm.
The quintet from Motherwell merge elements of rock, metal and indie tossed within a smooth melodic wave of sound behind thumping and urgent riffs and a strong aggressive attack. The result is a rewarding and satisfying blend that takes control of the limbs and teases the ear neatly. The trio of tracks that make up the EP gives a good varied taste of the band’s flavours and almost impetuous urge to please and grab your attention, but they do and do it very well.
‘Be That Way’ opens up the EP and is the obvious and most instantly accessible lead of the three tracks within the EP. It saunters in with an ear grabbing electronic pulse before crashing riffs join the affair. The addictive pulse continues throughout as guitarist George Cowie throws some choppy riffs into the arena alongside a deep beckoning bassline from Ross MacAndrew. The drums are solid behind the strong play elsewhere but production does hide the strength and ability of Adam MacEachran a little too much. Vocalist Scott Allan Simpson is also an outstanding aspect of the song, his dark tones powerful without demanding excessive attention and as subsequent tracks show he can blast a songs lyrical content out in a swift attack or with emotive intent equally impressively.
Middle track is ‘Late O’clock’ a slower paced track to the first and where as just mentioned Simpson reveals more expressive and emotional flavours to his delivery. Ting Tang on keyboards creates the base feeling and emotive tones to the song with his play for the others to expand upon, and here MacEachran too has a stronger and more solid sound showing his ability clearly.
‘Sold My Soul’ completes the set of three songs matching the level of the other two thus bringing a great consistency to the EP and shows the definite songwriting skill of the band. The song is punchy without being over forceful, preferring to attack with great basslines, intense drums and soaring keys whilst Simpson and Cowie lead the song welcomingly into the ear, greatly enjoyable and a strong closing to an impressive EP
Soundwhole’s EP is still awaiting a release date but is penned in for later this year and is certainly worth a thorough investigation when it is unveiled. Their sound is a kind of mix of Downer, Sunna with an 80’s splash of the likes of Spandau Ballet, and the EP full of satisfying music reveals a sure and strong promise for the band in the months and years ahead. For now check Soundwhole out on their various profiles and for those in the Glasgow area watch out for their gigs and their set at the official aftershow party for the Specials in Glasgow October18th.