Packed to the gills with creative adrenaline and healthy attitude driven by a fiery heart, the new release from and sound of UK pop punks Six Time Champion swiftly seizes attention before taking the listener on a dramatic and seriously compelling ride. The band’s five-track encounter is a tempest of energy and emotion showing that melodic hook driven contagion does not mean there has to be an absence of imposing muscle and confrontational intensity.
Bursting out of Brighton last year, Six Time Champion drew on inspirations from band such as A Day To Remember, Set Your Goals, and Such Gold in their sound and was soon raising keen attention for themselves around the south coast. Debut EP Old Friends, Loose Ends a year ago did the band’s emerging reputation no harm but it is with Expecting Honesty that it is easy to expect real movement in gaining nationwide attention.
Recorded as its predecessor with Lewis Johns, Expecting Honesty stands bold and tall before ears from its first breath. Opener Running Dry rises on a sonic wind and swiftly has the excellent vocals of James Dagg magnetically enticing ears with his delivery whilst the guitars of Simon Glover and Will Smithers sculpt a web of sonic enterprise speared by bulging riffs and similarly intense strikes of bass bait from Steve Isted. It is soon a voracious blaze punctuated by the punches of drummer Richard Titheradge, the track striding with sinews and confidence to the fore but courting a virulent infectiousness which ignites the imagination. The first two of the earlier mentioned influences seem to be raised up as comparisons to the band predominantly but as track and especially EP continues, there is a definite air to early CIV to the sound.
The following Happiness in Emptiness takes the striking start and pushes it on with a musky atmosphere of sonic and rhythmic incitement bound in melodic causticity. As its predecessor the track swings with a catchiness which is inescapable and a formidable intensity which makes every note, syllable, and swing hard hitting and lingering. It is probably fair to say that Six Time Champion does not have that truly unique sound yet but it has a freshness and character which leaves much of the pack watching their wake. The tenacious slice of robust rock ‘n’ roll is matched by the EPs title track, Expecting Honesty striding purposefully with its lyrical and vocal drama encased in an intrusive frame of fierce jabs from Titheradge. The song roars and challenges, almost brawls with ears and thoughts at times, but again lures with an infectiousness which tempers the underlying hostility of the provocation.
Dragging My Feet saunters in next, its initial muggy flame soon relaxing into a feisty canter of probing rhythms and riffs to which Dagg croons with expression and passion ably backed by the rest of the band in voice and endeavour. Like the last song, neither quite finds the spark of those before them but both raise another twang of hunger in the appetite ready for the outstanding closer Separation. The final track sums up the band perfectly, its volatile energy and rhythmic ferocity the challenge and guitar invention the seduction, the extremes conspiring to create inescapable contagion of sound all sparked again by the increasingly pleasing vocals and tantalising invention in the songwriting.
Six Time Champion may not be a fully unique proposition yet but thanks to Expecting Honesty, in quality and potential, it is hard to doubt that this will be their successful destination. Anticipation for highly flavoursome times ahead is also unavoidable via the impressive EP.
Expecting Honesty is available as a name your price download now @ http://www.sixtimechampion.bandcamp.com/
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