Formed in late 2009 UK band Scout Killers has gathered and inspired a growing strong acclaim and interest in their expressive blend of alternative rock and indie sounds. Last year saw the release of the well received EP We Cage the Storm as well as a successful tour across the UK. The band started 2012 by signing with independent label Like Records followed by the release of their new single The Waves, a song which marks the band as one full of impressive promise.
Consisting of vocalist Scott Cox, guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, drummer Chris Phillips, and new bassist Pierre Frankie Lee Muslimani from Falling in Difference who replaced the departing Toby Robertson, Scout Killers are working on and recording their debut album and if the single is any indication it should be a very intriguing and imaginative release.
The Waves is an emotive and expressive song which envelopes the senses from its opening notes. Slowly brewing through percussion and guitar it raises its head to shower the ear with sunspots of melody and tingling ambience. The excellent vocals of Cox offer a heart given rawness to the smooth atmosphere surrounding them to add an excellent companion coarse tint. This blend consumes with a warmth and passion which is as deep as the lyrical intent they wrap. The guitars of Stevens and Morrez lick like melodic flames at the emotions whilst the bass of Muslimani as shown from his work in Falling in Difference adds a deep mood and depth to the track.
Driven by the restrained yet gripping rhythms of Phillips, the song is an impassioned piece of music and songwriting which plays like a mix of Pearl Jam, Doves, and Alice In Chains. It also shows the band evolving impressively from their excellent EP of last year in to a band with deeper maturity and imagination in all aspects which makes their album upon its future release an essential investigation.
Powerful and fresh The Waves is one of the more inspiring songs to appear in recent months and Scout Killers a band who should have a big say in the future of UK indie music ahead.
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