A Tale Of Two Cities: New Horizons EP

Afire with passion and rife with emotive atmospheres the new EP from UK alternative rock band A Tale Of Two Cities is a powerful and impressive release which grabs hold from beginning to end. The New Horizons EP is a release which could and should elevate the band to the frontline of British rock and another step in their firm rise.

Formed in 2008, the Bristol quintet has built a formidable fan base not only locally but further afield with the new release set to widen their recognition nationwide. Live they have shared stages with bands such as Deaf Havana, Yashin, Sonic Boom Six, and Attack! Attack!, again to the enhancement of their reputation with the name A Tale Of Two Cities one of the loudest whispers on the lips of the underground scene. Produced by Kevin Peters at Anemic Studios, New Horizons should be the spark to take them further and deeper in to the musical heart of the country, its four tracks attention grabbing and the providers of great satisfaction.

The release opens with the lead single Four Words, a song whose video has already caught the imagination receiving almost 10,000 hits on Blank TV and forthcoming inclusion to Scuzz and Kerrang! TV. The song smacks against the ear in its first seconds with heated guitar play and jabbing rhythms. It is instantly aflame with sonic sparks from guitarists Nicholas Coombes and Joe Marsh which scorch the senses whilst mesmerising them with skilled melodic invention. The vocals of Karl Ficarotta ride and stretch the song to greater emotive heights backed by the harsher tones of Marsh. Ficarotta has a voice which drips heart and expression, his voice painting feelings with the lyrics within the mind of the listener. It is a thumping song which is unafraid to step back into a restraint of impactful elegance, and offers a blend which reminds of Funeral For A Friend and fellow Bristol band Mind Museum, another group on the verge of big things.

From a great start the band raise the temperature and quality with Familiar Traits, a song which wraps itself tightly around the ear and envelops the senses with striking sounds and unbridled passionate energy. The drums of Steve Elvin pound a forceful route for the song and again the guitars sizzle with craft and sonic effect. It is the skilled structure of the song and vocals which really fire up the adoration for its presence and the excellent bass of Paul Taylor-Clinch which seals it as a permanent deal, his outstanding sound surly and hungry, no predatory. The track seizes control of the moment, ensuring nothing else is relevant during its time in the ear such its might and inciteful effect.

Third song Fire Burning Through Our Wings is another exercise in great songwriting and its interpretation through impressive individual skill. The bass and vocals again lead its crusade to the heart and as with the all the songs on the release, offers a big sound with infection flooding its veins. Of the four songs this one is the least striking though only positive things can be laid at its door but it just does not ignite the same fires as elsewhere despite its obvious qualities.

The release closes with Machine, a post hardcore veined track complete with venomous beats and defiant vocals scowls alongside squalls of backing screaming. It has an abrasive texture not as obvious on previous songs and shows the width of invention and sound within the band.  It completes the EP perfectly, leaving a bruising breath but the same depth of emotion as fuels the whole of New Horizons.

A Tale Of Two Cities is a band one can expect to hear big things from and for in the future and on the evidence of their new EP, it will be on the near rather than far horizon.


RingMaster 14/10/2012

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