Spineless Yes Men – Better Side of the Bar EP

Formed in 2009, UK rock band Spineless Yes Men has grown with their vibrant imaginative sound into one of the emerging bands ready to explode into national recognition. A fusion of rock and punk with refined melodic veins, their sound has captured the affections of an ever growing legion of fans and with their latest EP Better Side of the Bar, the band is poised to engage imaginations far and wide.

The line-up of vocalist Tommy Towers, guitarists Chris Doughty and Chris Keats, bassist Jack Doughty, and Bernie O’Reilly on drums, have raised their bar over the past six months, the band playing a flurry of headline shows around London and sharing stages alongside the likes of MxPx, Nothington, Our Time Down Here and Apologies, I Have None. April of this year saw them enter Animal Farm Studios to record Better Side of the Bar, a release consisting of three dramatic and mischievous songs which engage the heart and invigorate energies.

The release starts off with the band anthem Poem, Poem, the fan favourite which has become the aural signature of the band. Re-recorded for the release the song instantly charms the ear with its knocking rhythms, tingling chords and the expressive vocals of Towers. The song lingers in its initial restrained yet compulsive gait, creating a building presence before stretching into its full stride and igniting the passions through surging riffs, attention grabbing beats, and the wonderful moody bass sounds of Doughty. The middle of the song fires up a sizzling blues tinged breath from the guitars to throw flames across the ceiling of the song. Boisterously infectious and openly urgent the song pushes inviting choruses and fiery melodic plumes through the ear. It is irresistible, so much so that if you manage to resist joining in someone would be checking your pulse for life.

The other two songs on the EP are brand new and further show the expressive songwriting and inventive craft of the band. Dickens Would Have Made You A Gentleman stomps through the ear with a fresh punk energy and rock n roll contagious passion. There is a swagger to the guitars and again an expressive flourish to the tones of Towers which invites participation. As catchy as its predecessor, the song is a pulsating slab of punk n roll perfectly defined and shaped. The band again expand the song with inventive diversions and smart layers of harmonies and melodically driven aural winks to make it all unpredictable and thoroughly contagious.

The closing Raindrop Shadows is a beefier price of rock which holds back on the infectious intent to bring a more inciteful and muscular presence which evokes slightly different but equally positive responses. Whereas the first two songs have a Innercity Pirates and Max Raptor roguish quality this track is a smouldering almost bruising piece of rock with elements which has essences of a Social Distortion or New Found Glory spicing the original Spineless Yes Men sound.

Better Side of the Bar is a great introduction to Spineless Yes Men and one can only expect it to be the spark to the beginning of greater things from and for the band ahead. We for one will be watching very closely.

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