Their Facebook page suggests that alternative rock band Seasons were formed just a few weeks back in mid-February. Listening to their self-titled debut EP, you get the feeling the band might have stepped into the open then but its members have been working on their music for a touch or two longer. The four track introduction is a potent and lively affair, and sure to be one of the most accomplished debuts heard on the UK rock scene this year. You would not say it startles but everything about the band’s proposition is imaginatively crafted, confident, and boldly captures the imagination enough to spark the want to know much more.
Formed by vocalist Grant Tuffs, guitarist/vocalist Matt Turnbull, and bassist Brad Beech, Seasons recorded a couple of tracks before seeing its line-up completed with the addition of drummer/vocalist Antony Cardinal and guitarist/vocalist Steve Watts. Recording their EP with producer Dan J Lambert at Valhalla Studios, Seasons are now poised to launch themselves fully with its release with opener video/single Sailed Ships as its potent lead.
Sailed Ships instantly grabs ears with its opening infectious riff against the just as swiftly impressing tones of Tuffs. In no time rhythms are jabbing with open eagerness too as melodies and hooks unite for a web of sonic enterprise as vibrant as the union of vocals from across the band. Continuing to entice and offer great twists with spicy grooves, anthemically roaming rhythms, and emotional angst to the fore, the track is a mighty start and first taste of the band.
To be honest, the track is the pinnacle of the release, the star of the show but closely challenged by second track Rumours. It has a leaner body of sound but the same zeal in its imagination and rousing emotions as its predecessor, as well as the adventurous air to songwriting and delivery. Scything riffs and robust rhythms unite with evocative melodies and harmonies throughout, holding ears and satisfaction tight before making way for Seven Years and its gentler and equally emotive hug. Tuffs again excels, impressing with his expressive voice, as too the guitar craft of Turnbull and Watts as they shape a song breeding more volatility and tenacious energy over time. Driven by the magnetic beats of Cardinal, the song has a strongly familiar character to its pleasing presence but comes wrapped in the band’s own inventive touch to only leave satisfied thoughts
The EP is completed by The Runaway; a song as boisterous as it is melodically mellow and flourishing on the suggestive tones of Beech’s bass and more ear catching harmonies and vocal dexterity from Tuffs and band. It is a fiery end to a thoroughly enjoyable first encounter with Seasons. From the release alone, it seems that the Bedford hailing band has all the qualities and ideas to become a potent presence, especially if they can hone real distinctiveness in a sound already luring comparisons to band such as Young Guns and Mallory Knox.
The Seasons EP is released as a free download March 25th.
Pete Ringmaster 23/03/2016
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