Terms of Submission is the debut EP from UK outfit Youth Illusion and an encounter quickly showing why the quartet has earned potent praise and attention since emerging.
London based, the band consists of members born and raised in the States, UK, South Africa, and Italy. Their creative coming together last year has spawn a sound bred in the instincts of pop punk and alternative rock but as the four tracks within their first EP show it is already brewing its own varied identity. Already the band has notably shared the stage with plaudit luring success alongside I Set My Friends On Fire and impressed at the Camden Rocks Festival and should expect a fresh flood of ears and attention their way with the release of Terms of Submission.
Though maybe uniqueness is not yet as prevalent as familiarity within their EP, Youth Illusion openly sow and water the seeds of such future originality across its offerings, that familiarity more of the overall flavouring of their genre inspirations than of certain protagonists within them. Terms of Submission opens up with Better Off, the song rising on a sonic thread into a dextrous mass of riffs and rhythms before hitting its immediately infectious stride. The guitars of Matt Ungaro and Zach Almond proceed to weave a web of enticement loaded with keen hooks whilst the latter’s vocals add matching temptation with melodic prowess. There is a great steeliness and trespass to the guitars too which proves just as magnetic as the striking beats of drummer Tim Storey and the brooding hues of Rory Deans’ bass.
It is a great start to the EP and maybe it’s most potent moment though persistently challenged by its companions led by next up Cover Up And Die. If not as dramatic and punchy as its predecessor in its entrance, the song soon reveals its own contagious exploits and imagination in pop punk fuelled rock ‘n’ roll. Its bounce and snarl is unapologetically infectious and body an accomplished persuasion with Deans’ backing vocals a strong addition to Almond’s potent lead.
The increasingly impressive Enemy launches at ears from an almost tempestuous start with a rousing rally of rhythms at its core, they the lead to the track’s continually evolving adventure as melodic and vocal contemplation blends reflective calm with pop infused catchiness. Dean’s bass is again an ear grabbing ingredient in the mix but all four members of the band prove their dexterity and imagination in its creatively raucous body before Rebellion brings things to a close. Though in some ways it is the least surprising song within the release, with its A Day To Remember/All Time Low like character, it is nonetheless a bouncing pleasure inciting the same eager energy in those paying attention.
Terms Of Submission is an infectious introduction to a band easy to see a potent future for if their sound evolves its true individuality from this impressive start. On the evidence of the EP, they will provide plenty to enjoy however it turns out.
Terms Of Submission is out now.
Pete RingMaster 19/11/2019
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