The potent ascent of UK alternative rock band Mind Museum continues unabated as they release their riveting new encounter, the One Blood EP. Since unleashing their attention grabbing debut EP Rat Race in 2011, the Bristol trio has continued to impress and outweigh other emerging bands with their weave of heart bred passion, riveting sounds, and gripping enterprise. Each release the band unveils takes their presence and reputation up another level and One Blood is no exception, the maturity in songwriting, sound, and simply presence mouthwatering.
Formed in 2010 from the ashes of several bands including most notably I AM THE DOOR and Full Scream Ahead, Mind Museum has persistently presented a proposition impossible to ignore or not find a deep rooted attraction for. Since forming the band has made as big an impact live as they have with their releases, sharing stages with the likes of Young Guns, Twin Atlantic, The King Blues, and The Royal Republic as well as lighting up their own headlining shows. Taking inspiration from bands such as Biffy Clyro, Coheed and Cambria, The Cure, and Placebo, the trio of vocalist/bassist Justin E Percival, guitarist Will Slater, and drummer Chas Bacon have honed a sound which holds a vague familiarity which makes it instantly accessible before taking the imagination and emotions on an incendiary ride of raw angst dripping vocals, rich sonic colour, and melodic passion. Their 2011 Rat Race EP made a potent entrance for the band, one just as powerfully backed up by The Power Of Three EP the following year but the George Lever produced new exploit immediately shows a big leap the band has taken from those earlier releases, confirming and expanding the promise and adventure hinted at by the 2012 single Lie To Me.
The release opens with The Get Go and immediately has a resonating bass note and a tart guitar wash soaking the ears whilst the already emotion drenched squalls of Percival wail in the back ground. As expected from the band on past experiences, it is a dramatic entrance but one which regroups into a restrained and melody kissed persuasion which still retains its raw edge but seduces rather than demands attention. It is a riveting enticement, the dark throat of the bass almost prowling the senses, though without menace, whilst guitars and rhythms keep imagination and appetite busy. Intensity and energy all the time are building their intent though, biding their time until the fiery chorus where everything is ablaze with passion and emotive colour. It is a thrilling encounter which finds a band never short on invention anyway, exploring and interlocking stronger varied textures and washes of sound than ever before. The song is thoroughly infectious and evocatively poetical, Percival’s vocals providing potent and at times emotionally desperate feeling hues to further light up the whole narrative.
The title track strides in next, bass and drums again casting a sinew built frame for the guitar and vocals to drape their emotive designs upon. The punchy touch of Bacon transfixes throughout, commanding the course of song and thoughts whilst the heavier rock bred veining from Percival sparks another level of greed for the extensive tapestry of the song. With its predecessor the song shows the full scope of the band, the first a more heads down rock attack and the second a pungent and intense emotional incitement; both soaked in a provocative passion and dramatic intimacy which inflames the thoughts and emotions of the listener.
Wake Up steps up next, throwing a towering heavy rock weight upon the senses before again flirting with reining in its assault. This is short lived though as the song erupts into an exhausting and scintillating fire of energy and sonic provocation, rhythms and riffs sculpting a tempest of blistering voracity and aggressive entanglement within, whilst all is flushed with the passion and emotive flames which marks out Mind Museum from the pack as much as their sound. It is an exhilarating song setting senses on edge for the next up Lie To Me to sooth and then inflame further. The song smoulders and nestles closely whilst digging in masterful sonic claws from Slater and rhythmic barbs from Bacon, and once entrenched exploding in a climactic fire. The song is one of those which lingers and returns long after it has made its last sear on the ears, a masterful puppeteer of memory and passions, much like most of songs to be fair.
Both Answers and All The Kings Men keep the temptations and impressiveness of the release foaming at the mouth, the first an initially mellow song but one which soon has its nostrils flaring as it aggressively croons and uncages another furnace of emotional and impacting sonic flames aligned to inciting vocals, and its successor a bewitching weave of choppy riffs and anxiety soaked vocals honed and fused to a virulently contagious blaze of imaginative and skilfully explored melodic causticity. It is a sensational conclusion to what is easily the most emotionally imposing and creatively explosive thing from Mind Museum, and the finest.
Actually it is not quite the finish of the EP as the band treat us to very engaging acoustic versions of Wake Up and Lie To Me, and a couple of remixes of The Get Go and One Blood by Icon Roller which are decent enough. Whether the four tracks are something you would return to time and again like the main body of the release commands is debatable but they make an enjoyable extra all the same.
As declared One Blood is Mind Museum at its most powerful and inventive yet plus their most insatiably imaginative, and you still feel there is so much more to come.
The One Blood EP is available via Secret Chord Records now!
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