Approaching their first birthday as a band, South Wales post-hardcore band Dream State make a potent introduction of themselves to broader national attention with their debut EP Consequences. The quintet has already offered an enjoyable little teaser in the shape of previous single Burn Them Down, its catchy roar a strong enticing to a great many but fair to say it is the EP which provides real insight into the songwriting and sound of the band. Consequences might not be an encounter to turn the UK rock scene on its head but it does suggest that Dream State is a nicely brewing prospect to take a keen interest in.
Since forming, the band has become a potent live proposition too, shows with the likes of The Dirty Youth and Fearless Vampire Killers only helping their emergence and reputation for rousing slices of alternative rock/post-hardcore incitements. Inspirations include bands such as A Day To Remember, Funeral for a Friend, Bullet for my Valentine, and Alexisonfire; essences which maybe right now colour their songs more than originality but as proven by Consequences, it does not stop them providing thoroughly enjoyable exploits for ears and appetite to indulge in.
The EP opens with Burden, a track growing from an initial sonic mist punctured by firmly swung beats into an energetic and boisterous canter led by the quickly impressing vocals of Charlotte-Jayne Gilpin. Nicely backed by the more raw throated tones of rhythm guitarist Sam Harrison-Little, she is a potent focal point from which the magnetic shuffle of Danny Rayer’s bass and the melodic intrigue rich enterprise of the guitar spring. The track continues to entice and please, its body unsurprising but character and heart dynamic as it provides a thickly satisfying start to Consequences.
Individual craft is also a swift persuasion, the sonic endeavour of lead guitarist Aled Evans at times a fiery proposal always matched across the band, as shown straight away again with Burn Them Down. Opening on a robust stride with the rhythmic swipes of drummer Jamie Lee immediately shaping the entrance, the song slips into an infectious stroll of hungry riffs and melodic prowess with a great hook out of the Billy Idol songbook. Again there is familiarity to the track as it rumbles with aggression and sonic seduction, but once more recognisable hues only work in the song’s favour as Gilpin gives every syllable striking energy and passion.
Consequences is a release which satisfies throughout but gets stronger with every passing track, Try Again continuing that great trait with its reflective bellow and rapacious prowl. The rhythms almost dance with their restrained but open intimidation whilst twists and vocals create a drama between them which has ears and imagination quickly involved. The most inventive song so far, with great moments of unpredictability, it provides a tenacious outpouring of sound and emotion matched by the following Relentless. From its first acidic breath, vocal squalls blow and grooves entwine; Gilpin driving things with vocal flames as predacious rhythms have her back. Maybe it is a more formula offering than its predecessor but the song is a fire of emotive intensity and creative energy which only leaves enjoyment full and a wish for more.
That want is fed straight away by the excellent Rebuild, Recreate; a song soon proving to be our favourite. Initially caressing ears with an acoustic kiss aligned to the tantalising warmly emotive voice of Gilpin, it simmers then boils into a sultrily aired tempest of emotion and angst wrapped in just as impassioned and adventurous sound. Again drama lines every roar and twist, the guitars crafting a web of expression and enterprise to match the vocals whilst bass and drums add further potency to its tempting, especially when they subsequently become more agitated.
The track is a mighty end to a persistently enticing and enjoyable incitement. It is fair to say that Dream State is still working towards finding its own voice as a band but heading in the right direction as proven by Consequences. It is easy to assume that they have a very bright future ahead of them if they can really build on this rewarding first proper glimpse at them.
The Consequences EP is out November 20th through all platforms and stores.
Pete RingMaster 19/11/2015
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