There has been a certain swell of excited murmurs and a keen buzz about UK alternative rockers Glass City Vice since their first appearance through debut EP No Direction in 2011, a year after the band formed. The Waves EP is our first introduction to the band and as its trio of tracks tantalise the ears and thoughts it is not too hard to see why they have excitedly caught the imagination of so many. There is an enterprise and distinct voice to its sound which instantly grabs attention but also a lure which less openly seduces the senses so that at any time the songs making up the EP can return in thoughts as a welcome reprise. Big things are suggested for the Brighton quartet and taking Waves as evidence it is hard to raise any real disagreement.
The foursome of vocalist/lead guitarist Josh Oliver, guitarist/backing vocalist Ed Lytton Cobbold, bassist Dudley Powell, and drummer Lawrie Miller as well as with their first release has equally built a strong reputation for their live performances which has seen them play alongside the likes Lawson, The Audition, The Xcerts, and Freeze The Atlantic during over 200 shows across the UK they have played over the past three years. The Waves EP is the next step in their rise, a major step one suspects, and a trigger which will recruit waves of new recruits to their already fervour driven fan base.
Recorded with Mercury nominee producer Jag Jago (The Maccabees, The Xcerts), the release opens with its title track and takes a mere moment to draw in full attention and appetite as the guitars stroke the ear whilst rhythms create a firm web for them to play within. As the vocals of Oliver enters into the brewing mix of energy and passion there is a definite Reuben feel calling out thoughts and emotions. From a bright melodic blaze for its chorus the song settles into an energetic but restrained stroll which easily recruits feet and focus to its imaginative cause. Infectious and strikingly composed to merge elegance and a feisty breath, the song is a stirring and potent start to the release though soon eclipsed by the new single.
Have To Say also finds a catchy depth which makes it impossible to turn away from, the opening rhythmic dance covered by the acidic guitar kisses and vocal expression a contagious start which is built upon and accelerated in effect by thrilling guitar work and invention courted by equally accomplished drum and bass persuasion. Sabre strikes of guitar crash across the almost predatory grizzled bass line and caging drum taunts which mark a twist in the song bringing even greater temptation whilst the fiery climax is seeded in a passion and energy which leaves senses and thoughts subservient to its call.
The closing Just A Position ensures the release ends as impressively as it began; the song an undemanding yet fully engaging wash of melodic and enthusiastic enterprise which impresses more and more with each listen even if it does pale slightly against its predecessors.
The Waves EP accompanied by a great video for the single filmed at Knebworth House with upcoming director Dean Sherwood, is the clear marker for a band on a definite rise musically and in recognition. Glass Vice City could very well soon be a name on the lips of the country or certainly a sound in their ears.
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