Already no strangers to attention and acclaim, UK outfit False Hearts can expect to be faced by plenty more through their new release, the Remedy EP. Offering four slices of the fiery melodic rock which has already brought the band potent credit and support, not forgetting chart placing and a movie credit through one of their singles, the Cambridgeshire bred band’s new encounter is a boisterously dramatic and enterprising enticement sure to capture a new wealth of imaginations.
Emerging in 2016 and consisting of vocalist/guitarist Emma Hodgson, lead guitarist Ali Westwood, drummer Adi Bowes, and bassist Phil Benton, False Hearts has grown into a powerful live proposition lighting up numerous festivals and venues whilst also sharing stages with the likes of Those Damn Crows and Mason Hill and appearing on the soundtrack of Strangers 2: Prey at Night. The successor to their extremely well-received EP, Dirty Little Soul, it is quickly clear that Remedy is the band’s most striking and accomplished offering yet and one which ears swiftly devoured.
The likes of Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, Muse, and Shinedown are offered as suggestions behind the False Hearts sound but in no time the EP’s opener and title track soon shows they are mere hints to something more strongly individual to the foursome. Familiarity and fresh enterprise do entangle within their music but Remedy openly shares a bold character and presence inimitable to the band. The first track immediately entangles ears in its spicy grooves, relaxing its insistence to welcome the captivating voice of Hodgson as beats continue to jab. That in turn sparks greater heat and intensity in the swiftly compelling encounter, its chorus a fire of energy and contagion surrounded by melodic and dextrous enterprise.
Proving an inescapable temptation, the outstanding track makes way for successor Misery Loves Company, a song also instantly winding an enticing groove around ears with rhythms probing the senses alongside riffs. As it slips into a calmer passage there is still a muscular insistence to the infectious lure, melodic strands and subsequent sonic flames surrounding the magnetic tones of Hodgson as the track burns potently within ears. As within the first track, the second explodes in a chorus which just demands involvement, its physical and emotive eruption hard to resist.
Breathe Again is a mellower proposal, one bred in emotion and intensity but also with a tempestuousness which inflames its melodic reflection and drives its tension soaked eruptions. Maybe a slow burner in comparison to the first pair of tracks, it has only grown to persuade greater passion for its fiery and spirited presence.
The EP closes up with Enough Is Enough, a slab of rock ‘n’ roll with a classic rock air. It is fair to say that it did not quite spark the passions as its fertile companions yet only held a firm grip on attention and satisfaction as again False Hearts shared their fertile craft and imagination with ears.
In a time when we are all looking for a cure for the ills devouring the world, False Hearts have a Remedy in the shape of their new EP which certainly provides a fine and rousing distraction.
The Remedy EP is released April 3rd.
Pete RingMaster 03/04/2020
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