Since forming in 2014, More Than Most has become an eagerly followed and appreciated live proposition which has lit up stages alongside bands such as Mallory Knox, Charlie Simpson, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine, Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Finch, and While She Sleeps as well as graced the likes of the Takedown and Camden Rocks Festivals. Now the UK quintet offers their alternative rock with electro tendencies to a broader recognition and attention with the release of debut EP Impossible Is Temporary.
The four-track encounter is a magnetic affair fuelled with passion and open emotion in an resourcefully sculpted body of melody rich sound. It is not an encounter necessarily announcing the London based band as the next big thing yet but it certainly leaves a more than contented appetite for their imaginative and lively offerings. It has a variety to its spices which alone captures ears, a diversity not too surprising given the cultural background and influences of its creators. Guitarist Leandro Leonardi comes from Brazil, moving to England to pursue music, whilst bassist Mok Saib and drummer Cole Solem are respectively Algeria and US bred. With vocalist Izzy Stylez and guitarist Daniel Allan, both UK born, completing the line-up, More Than Most create a colourful creative clamour and emotive tapestry which allows Impossible Is Temporary to shine in potency whilst giving strong enjoyment.
Recorded with producer Justin Hill (Young Guns, Heart Of A Coward), Impossible is Temporary quickly lures attention with opener You’re Not Alone. Straight away a melancholic keys cast melody tempts as a shadowy ambience brews around it, electronic beats soon adding to the arising drama escalated further by the alluring tones of Stylez. There is something familiar to the song but an essence which you could say is Linkin Park like which only enhances its allure as rhythms and harmonies unite with the fiery and slightly solemn flames of guitar. It is a magnetic start to the EP, a deceptively anthemic cry pungently backed up by Remember Who You Are.
The second track also enters on an electronic coaxing, this time a lively simmer of keys which soon invites bolder rhythms and tenacious sonic enterprise to invigorate an already highly agreeable incitement. There is greater energy and creative drama to the song which only whips up keen attention and a similarly eager appetite for the imagination spawned More Than Most roar. Once more familiarity does rear its tempting head as the track fuels feisty energies in itself and listener, but it only adds to the fun before Save Me From Myself emulates the mix with its own creative and melodically rowdy proposition. There is a darker hue to the shadows which line the walls of the vocally tantalising and rhythmically dynamic proposal though, their emotive tempering to the sonic flames and flowing harmonies as suggestive as the heart felt words and notes uniting in another potent persuasion.
Closing with the imposing contagion of Nightmares, a stirring song built on an irritable bassline and scything beats upon which it boils up a sonic tempest of sizzling melodies guided by the ever impressing vocals led by Stylez, Impossible Is Temporary leaves with its finest moment and impact. All songs entangle the listener in craft and appealing adventure but its finale is a roar above and alone a reason to keep a close eye on More Than Most.
Lacking a major uniqueness in identity of sound, Impossible Is Temporary is maybe not the game changer for the band though it will surely push them into new and keen spotlights. It does though make a strong and thoroughly enjoyable base to leap ahead from, and we for one are looking forward to that next step.
The Impossible Is Temporary EP is available from February 5th.
Pete RingMaster 04/02/2016
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