With an already solid base of acclaim and strong reviews Essex metalcore band Our People Vs Yours are sure to push out into even stronger and loftier heights with their new EP Lights. Raw and aggressive the release intimidates and thrills in equal measure, Our People Vs Yours reinforcing their stature as one of UK’s more potent and promising metalcore bands.
Originally formed in 2008 the band ‘Re-formed’ with current line-up of guitarist and vocalist James Sweeting, vocalist Joe Miles, bassist Dan Clark, guitarist Josh Nunn, and Harvey Freeman on drums in 2009, taking in a new avenue with the addition of cleaner and melodic vocals to their powerful sound. Debut 2008 EP Here Comes The Flood and 2010 second EP Southern Colours set them apart from similar veined metalcore bands as well as garnering distinct attention and praise, backed up by the single Time To Rise in the latter part of last year. Shows with the likes of Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, This Is Colour, Young Guns, The Elijah and The Ocean Between Us and festival appearances along bands like Architects, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Funeral For A Friend added to their reputation and respect for their hard working ethic.
Lights see the quintet again blend hard hitting intense riffs and guitar driven energy drawn from a pool of noise bands like Architects, Underoath and Norma Jean fuel their beasts from with the melodic and progressive sensibilities of the likes of Between The Buried And Me and Periphery. Consisting of four dynamic and forceful tracks Lights is an enterprising and fluid exchange of engaging insightful melodies and technical skill and formidable attitude soaked aggression.
The title track opens the release immediately displaying the varied sounds and styles the band brings into their distinctive music. The song is a pulsating and captivating mix of incisive skilful guitars, energises riffs and rhythms, and smooth flowing melodies and vocal mix. Balancing a perfect fusion of growls and dripping attitude with emotive harmonies, the vocals match the music perfectly. The song is memorable despite not carrying obvious hooks, choruses or hypnotic riffs, a testament to the songwriting of the band.
As good as the title track is it is the following two songs that really stand out and where the band let fly with a heavier and more intense purpose. ‘Ariha’ is colossal, the best track on the release and proof to why the band is so highly rated and followed. Like a tumbling wall riffs and beats pummel the senses incessantly without neglecting fine melodic and creative razor sharp play. The song leads straight into ‘I’ve Had Better Days’, a song almost on par with its predecessor. Soaring vocals smooth and screaming attack the ear as battering riffs and pulse bursting rhythms rage intently and throughout a deep cavernous groove veins the song menacingly. Though both songs depart in under three minutes they leave one breathless and desperate for more.
‘In Unity’ completes the release with equal effect and success. Bridging the melodic and smoother attack of the opener and the deliberate power of the other two, the song nestles in the ear with a caress and slap at the same time. It is probably the most creative of the four songs on show, carefully structured and layered with intelligent and skilful progressive sounds to compliment and oppose the heavy direct power.
Our People Versus Yours are already marked as the band to watch and drive UK metal, the Lights EP is simply more impressive and undeniable evidence.