Everyday Sidekicks is another UK band emerging from the hot bed of fresh and exciting music that is Bristol, and another prospect leaving a want to know and hear more in its wake. Their sound is a fiery and gritty post-hardcore proposition and their new EP, The Things I’ve Seen, a potent nudge on national attention. Listening to the six track encounter there is the feeling the band is still on a journey of discovery with their sound, tracks often weaving in recognisable and at times expected flavours and hues to its undoubtedly inventive heart. That familiarity and lack of major uniqueness though, rather than providing a dampener on the EP’s lure, just adds more substance to the release and excitement to the potential of where the band can take their music and imagination.
Formed in 2012, Everyday Sidekicks soon became a keenly followed and supported prospect on the local scene spreading outwards, though it was with the release of the single Hometown Hero in 2014 that they began flirting with national awareness. Live the quintet has shared stages with bands such as Marmozets, Shvpes, and Coldrain; increasing their reputation simultaneously over the past couple of years whilst also drawing attention from new fans and media alike. The Things I’ve Seen is the next potent nudge to awaken thicker and stronger attention, a success easy to see coming as its sextet of tracks tempt and sear the senses.
Opener F.T.B is a minute long lure into the release but much more than an intro, its belly of craft and passion a potent roar on ears and indeed and already brewing appetite. Its strong coaxing is quickly matched by the punchy swagger of Mirrors. Straight away the anthemic swings of drummer Mat Capper and the dark alluring tone of Sam Hughes’ bass grip ears as a spiralling of sonic enterprise escapes the guitars of Tim Brown and Josh Pasley. It is a rousing entrance that continues to entice as the enjoyable varied vocal attack of Archie Hatfield blazes away with angst and passion. He shows a diversity and imagination in this song alone which is echoed throughout the band and song, and though Mirrors offers familiar spicery, it makes for a stirring slice of post-hardcore bred rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s All Smiles and Laughter rolls in with a lighter and brighter air, its infectiousness aligned to elegant keys and a cleaner vocal presence to Hatfield. Also embracing a pop rock ingredient, the song soon brews up a more volatile intensity and intent, its eruption stirring and when the track especially hits full potency. Across its length though, imagination and craft is a magnetic lure but it just lacks the same striking spark as its predecessor and indeed the following Pitch Black. It too merges emotive calm and beauty with a tempestuous irritability and angst, this time crafting a more balanced and perpetually stirring proposition with a healthy scent of Billy Talent to it.
The melodic enterprise already lighting tracks is given a full canvas with Rosa where guitars and keys converge in a misty coaxing before uniting for a contagious incitement which punctuates and at times inflames the emotive balladry driving the song. Beats are punchy and the bass a throaty tempting, even as their shadows become bound in the sonic tendrils spun by the guitars. It is a potent affair with moments of gripping adventure and though the clean vocals are not as impacting as they are in other moments in the EP, it is fair to say the raw charm of the song pleases whilst offering more variety to the release with its cleverly aligned textures.
The Things I’ve Seen is closed by How We Survive, a raucous and dynamic onslaught of fierce punk ‘n’ roll. it ensures the EP ends on a high, even if it lets its ferocious roar and in turn creative intensity ebb and flow a touch. Nevertheless it is a great end to a heftily satisfying proper introduction to Everyday Sidekicks. It is early days but the band has plenty going for them in sound and invention and a potential hard to dismiss.
The Things I’ve Seen EP is released November 20th through all stores.
Pete RingMaster 19/11/2015
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