Roaring out of Hertfordshire, British alternative rockers Calm For The Restless show that the early promise of debut EP We Started A Fire from a couple of years back has, if not yet come to full realisation, been honed, reinforced, and expanded with Destroyed But Not Defeated. The band’s second EP is a roar of sound and passion which persistently grabs the imagination. At times its songs do undulate in success with personal tastes but from start to finish the encounter has ears involved and attention held whilst brewing a want to hear more.
The beginnings of the Stevenage quintet go back to 2007; the band founded by vocalist Don Macauley and rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Mart Bradford. Drummer Mike Westwood was soon enlisted but other line-up and location issues led to the band going on hiatus before returning in 2012. The trio recruited bassist Mark Randall not long after, with lead guitarist Tom Holbrook linking up the following year. We Started A Fire was also recorded and released in 2013 too whilst around it and since, the band has been a hive of live activity across the south of England. Now Calm For The Restless are pushing forward with the national release of the enjoyable Destroyed But Not Defeated EP, an encounter fair to say revealing and revelling in, the open potency of the songwriting and sound of the highly accomplished outfit.
Musically Calm For The Restless embrace ears in tenacious rock ‘n’ roll taking inspirations from bands such as InMe, Incubus, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Billy Talent, Brand New, and Foo Fighters, and it is the latter which is most comparable to the rousing After Tonight which opens up the release. Guitar and energetically jabbing beats engages ears first, their inviting bait soon enveloped by but still adding to an infectiously lively stroll of riffs and tangy grooves. The drums sticks of Westwood are a rapid blur of rapier like rapacity from the start and remind as gripping within the now slightly more restrained gait of the song. The expression rich voice of Macauley equally makes a potent impact, his entrance seeming to spark even more eagerness in the melodic and grooved resourcefulness of the band whilst the song’s chorus is thick with Dave Grohl and co flavouring, a spicing which only lures ears deeper into the captivating tapestry of the song. The band’s current single, it is a thrilling welcome to band and release and one reason alone to go check Calm For The Restless out.
The following Shadow Of A Man opens on a warm but almost sombre enticing which soon blooms into an emotive reflection of melodies and voice. Guitars caress and suggest before rhythms incite a more boisterous blaze of intensity and sound for the chorus, though it is a slim crescendo in the mellow impassioned landscape of the song which seems to add just a little more angst and drama each time it erupts. The track fails to make the same impact of its predecessor but across its fascinating body, Calm For The Restless spin a weave of inventive twists and imagination sparking sounds to keep intrigue and interest high.
The excellent Blue comes next, bubbling sound the first beckoning, jabbing riffs, rumbling rhythms, and the ever alluring tones of Macauley the even more gripping second. Billy Talent is listed in influences to the band and though sound wise they are wide apart, the sculpting and thoughtful yet organic use of anthemic hooks and angst fired passion mutual skills. The track just grows within ears, every passing minute more enthralling and tempting than the last until it becomes a fire bursting with sonic flames and burning energy, all the time licking at the senses with just irresistible hooks.
Lost To The Ocean like the second song is missing something compared to those around it but again its catchy tone and creative pop punk like character only leaves a good and persuasive time behind. There is a glimpse and at times a loud whisper of distinctive ideation and uniqueness across Destroyed But Not Defeated, and yes here too but not as openly and vibrantly which is maybe why it lacks the richness of temptation of say Bury Me In The Waves, its predecessor. To balance that though the penultimate song still leaves full contentment in ears and thoughts before the closing encounter slips on sultry acoustic charm to fascinate with. Increasingly more dramatic and intensive as it grows, the song from a good if unsure start brews up into another highly pleasing and provocative roar from Calm For The Restless.
The potential of the band’s first EP is a ripened if not yet fully developed promise in Destroyed But Not Defeated but offering a wider and fuller look into the creative depths and imagination of the band. They feel like a band on a mission musically and emotionally and with more steps as potent as Destroyed But Not Defeated one suggests bright times ahead.
The Destroyed But Not Defeated EP is available digitally from September 4th through all stores.
Pete RingMaster 04/09/2015
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