With a large crowd of accomplished and inventive bands fuelling the UK post hardcore scene right now it is hard to stand out from the pack but one band which suggests it has the potential and imagination to do so is Midlands quintet We Fight Like Kids. The band recently released debut EP Superficial Behaviour, a five song stomp of appetite sparking and strongly impressing encounters. It is too early to say that the band has carved its own distinct presence away from the masses just yet but it suggests it is on the cards whilst leaving ears thrilled and interest in the band full.
The first single from the EP, Falconer starts things off, a twist of the radio dial leading the listener into a wind of vocal scowls and potent rhythmic incitement. This comes clad in a sonic colour which is as biting as it is coaxing, riffs and melodies harsh yet welcoming from the guitars of Gianni Basi and Jacob Ford. It is a strong if underwhelming entrance though, something to intrigue if not yet excite. The vocals led by Ant Pain add to the drama, showing themselves in three forms. There is a great clean delivery which continually impresses across the release as it tempers a darker heavier roar which whilst lacking the same vibrant spark in comparison challenges and commands, especially as it lies alongside a stronger and rawer, almost black metal inspired scowling. Who delivers which we cannot yet tell you but they all bring a great drama and diversity to a song which grows stronger and more pleasing over time and a release which as mentioned marks the cards of future attention.
The following Tequila Slammer is an immediately more intensive offering from its first breath, jagged riffs and vocal causticity embracing the again potent clean delivery of the song’s narrative. With also a stronger infectiousness to it, the track is soon enlisting body and imagination in its virulent proposition as the punchy beats of Liam Keeling and dark hearted basslines of Sam Capps show they are no addictive slouches alongside the thick grooves and sharp hooks lighting up the song. Greater and brighter imagination shows itself in the song too, a pleasing twist of piano led enterprise a great touch before the equally magnetic charms of Select The Ejector take over. Merging emotive balladry with muscular antagonism, the song unveils a little more of the continually broadening sound and songwriting of the band, its ire and melancholic reflection a united portrait of emotion against the similarly blended aggression and seduction of sound. The track does not quite send the passions racing, but as those before, its offering brings thoughts and appetite closer to that destination.
Ice Breakers flirts with radiant keys initially before shrugging off the calmer veil for a Meshuggah seeded voracity and provocation. From here on it is a battlefield of bruising provocation and progressively spiced melodic adventure, the extremes uniting rather than conflicting within the ears. It is a perpetually fascinating proposition never allowing expectations to have their say as it without really stretching post hardcore boundaries gives them a creative going over.
It is fair to say that the EP just gets better with every track, each song leading an ascent to the pinnacle of Superficial Behaviour which is the exceptional Creeper Complex. The song romances ears straight away, luring them in through expressive keys before pulling aside the drapes for a mouth-watering theatre of varied grooves and tangy hooks flirting from a drama of melodic intrigue and gothic inspired devilry. Like a mix of early My Chemical Romance, Only The Quiet Ones, and Bury Tomorrow, the track sculpts its own identity and alone shows the band has the attributes to join the unique cream of post hardcore at some point, though you suspect their evolution of sound will eventually transcend genres anyway.
It is a stunning end to a thoroughly enjoyable and impressive release. Superficial Behaviour provides an introduction impossible to ignore whilst We Fight Like Kids instantly lives up to the buzz already bred locally around them.
The Superficial Behaviour EP is available now as a free download at https://bit.ly/1kLwqtc
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