7 Day Weekend: Self Titled EP

Coming on the back of their excellent snarling single Endless Doses, UK alternative rock band 7 Day Weekend nationally release their reworked self titled EP. The five track reboot is the portrait of a young, fresh and promising band with big things on their horizon. Accomplished in creating and using explosive melodies and emotive grandeur, the band is well on course to become a recognised sound country wide.

One of the exciting things about the band is the well crafted and mature sounds they already create at their seemingly young age, watch the videos and see if you are not thinking their mums must be there telling them it is time to come in for tea and not to forget to wash their hands first. It is fair to say they are still evolving and with the aforementioned single one assumes being a newer song compared to those on the EP, they are well on the way to bringing bulk and definition to their sound.

In its original form the EP was released in the fall of 2011, bringing them comparisons to You Me At Six and Young Guns. Already with a strong reputation from their live shows the band then recorded a four track acoustic EP which they gave away for free. Its fine sounds and musicianship led the band to the attention of Gavin Butler (The Blackout) and Neil Starr (Attack! Attack!), who invited the band to open the Manchester show on the Ghosts & Echoes Tour. This was followed by being hand-picked by Feeder to be the sole support on their April Tour. As well as also playing two self funded tours of the UK, the Warrington quintet of Clayton Leah (rhythm guitar), Tom Hancox (lead guitar), Calan Nickle (vocals), John Handy (drums), and Dan Hancox (bass), has pushed themselves to the edge of national exposure which the revisited debut EP as well as the latest single can only ensure is a done deal.

    7 Day Weekend pull inspiration from the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Young Guns, and You Me At Six which are clear to hear from the first song on the release alone and makes those earlier mentioned comparisons understandable. Ghosts Of Me swaggers in on an eager drum roll and feisty guitars before settling into an energised stroll of sonic riffs, thumping rhythms, and melodic enterprise. The vocals of Nickle are immediately impressive with strong expression to transport the heart of the lyrics to the ear. The track is catchy with keen hooks without being overly infectious but it does linger after its close which is always a good sign. It also has a muscular core which arguably is lacking on the other songs though not to their detriment, making it a strong introduction to the release and band if new to the ear.

As the following Mistakes expands over the senses with its rippling beginning one expects more of the same as the first song but it relaxes into a more emotive piece of songwriting though it is not lacking in passion or keenness. By this point too, the heavy bass sounds of Hancox are starting to mesmerise, his lines growling, often with seeming contempt, to add real depth to the songs. Sharp guitar play and melodic imagination makes the track another very satisfying companion and though not as memorable as its predecessor after it takes its leave, it shows strength and diversity to the songwriting of the band.

Kingdoms is another emotionally driven slice of pleasure and though it takes its time emerges as one of the highlights on the release. It is a mellow track to seduce the senses but still with grit to its breath to make it an impactful treat.

After the Lost Prophets like Hide and the infectious Seasons Like These, again songs which capture the imagination though not as dramatically as those before, the song closes with a trio of acoustic tracks which only go to confirm the quality of band and music.

If one was to be overly picky there is a lack of fire in the belly of the EP at times, that spark of instinctive feistiness but as the current single Endless Doses has that in abundance, one can take it the band have that sorted too. The single is immense and hits all the right targets and heights in one powerful blow.

7 Day Weekend is a band with promise and impressive ability dripping from every sound they share and whether through this EP or the single, preferably both, it would be amiss for all not to accept their musical offerings.

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RingMaster 15/09/2012

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