There seem a few bands with the same moniker across the globe but the one making a really potent impression with their latest release is a British duo crafting highly enjoyable and suggestive instrumental rock as heavy as it is melodically potent. There is not a great deal we can tell you about Bradford hailing No Religion apart from it consists of guitarist Andy Ledder and drummer Darren Brearton who together made up one half of the sadly demised melodic rockers One Day Remains who grabbed attention with The Agony Is Abated EP back in 2011/12.
In sound though, the pair make a real vocal statement; the three songs making up their latest and we are assuming debut EP, an adventure for ears and imagination alike. Opening track, One Line, quickly takes the senses to a darkly intriguing place. Its opening coaxing is almost portentous, a sonic vapour from within which wiry grooves and spiny melodies collude as the swinging beats of Brearton land with purposeful intent. The hook lined surface of those grooves make for a nagging appeal, Ledder using every note as suggestive bait for ears and thoughts. The cinematic air of the piece is a mix of danger and adventure, a creative emprise which is as compelling as it is enterprising with a nice essence of Irish project Arcade Messiah to it.
Second song is Devils Grin, a thick embrace of sound more emotionally intensive than the bolder almost heroic escapade of its predecessor. Ledder again spins a web of melodic exploration as Brearton’s rhythms roam with weight and poise, punctuating every twist and turn in the sonic design of the track. The shadowy depths of the piece add to its emotive design, ears and imagination firmly and increasingly engaged before Blind brings the release to a fine conclusion.
Though it never quite matches the strengths and temptations of the previous pair, the song rises up around ears like a dawning melodic sunrise. Its bluesy air and country-rock scent are fresh hues within a piece of music hinting at dark moments and danger trespassed surrounds but keeping them at bay with its elegant melody woven poetry.
There is no obvious connecting theme to the three pieces of music making up the EP, each seemingly offering individual premises, yet they still feel like they are part of a bigger adventure; glimpses of a broader creative travelogue and emotional subterfuge. Most importantly though, they offer a first listen to the potential loaded imagination and sure craft of No Religion in a release which may not provide major surprises but has ears enthralled and an appetite for more eager with ease.
The No Religion EP is out now through iTunes and other stores.
Pete RingMaster 23/05/2017
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