#Review: Emarosa – Peach Club ūüćĎ

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Muzik Speaks Loves Hopeless Records - SmallerEmarosa are an alternative rock band from Kentucky, consisting of only original founding member, ER White (lead guitar), as well as¬†Bradley Walden¬†(lead vocals), Robert Joffred¬†(bass) and Matthew Marcellus (rhythm guitar). The band have been through quite a few line up changes since their inception in 2006 and in 2016, signed to their current label,¬†Hopeless Records. Now, 2019 sees the release of the band’s fifth studio album (and second through¬†Hopeless Records),¬†Peach Club. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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From the start of the opening track,¬†‘Givin’ Up’, it’s clear that¬†Emarosa have made a definitive departure from their previous, alternative rock sound, favouring a moreretro synth, heavy bass and ascending pop-chorus sound on this latest record. What’s more, they’ve done it so effortlessly with the opening, no holds barred, funky guitar-drive pop anthem that even has a saxophone solo!

It’s very much a record of two halves – the first half is both strong and diverse but the second half, by comparison, is somewhat lacking in the same depth.

80s synths and vibes run prominently throughout the album – ‘Don’t Cry’ is a very synth-heavy track with some incredible, underlying guitar riffs and this wonderful, descending vocal melody to the chorus, whilst¬†‘So Bad’ has a glossy, 80s funk to it, both in terms of the guitar and beat, topped off with an overtly catchy chorus.

Possibly the best track on the record has to be¬†‘Cautious’¬†– the calm verse, with great falsetto vocals leads into an all-consuming and powerful chorus – the passion behind the lines, ‚ÄúI believe in ecstasy, but you might never love me,‚ÄĚ honestly gives you goosebumps!

A couple of the tracks even give off a similar feel to¬†You Me At Six –¬†‘Get Back Up’ has a vocal style like that of Josh Franceschi but there’s a hip hop-like beat behind the song – I hate to say it, but a rapper feature would actually sit quite well on this. Equally, the heavier parts of¬†‘Help You Out’ have those same¬†YMAS vibes – dreamy falsetto vocal parts and a great clap-along breakdown.

Sonically, this is an album that’s about as far from their former selves as it can be, but it is also a record that demonstrates huge growth from the band and a relentless willingness to try out new sounds.

‘xo’¬†kind of marks a break and turning point in the record. It’s a song made up of just vocals and an electric guitar but it really shows off Bradley Walden‘s¬†raw vocal talent. It’s a very different vibe to the rest of the album and has a soulful feel to it.

I hate to say it, but it’s from here on that things get a little weaker.¬†‘Hell Of It’¬†is definitely an album filler, and although it is a slight nod to their alternative rock roots, it’s very repetitive.¬†‘Comfortable’¬†somehow reminds of Seal‚Äôs ‘Kiss From A Rose’ in places – it’s rather atmospheric but never quite goes to the places it‚Äôs aiming to reach, and then kind of just fades out.¬†‘IW2DWY’¬†(aka I Wanna Die With You) also feels quite empty, lacking any sincerity. Instrumentally it’s probably the weakest track on the record too.

That being said, the album finishes a lot stronger, with¬†‘Wait, Stay’. It features delicate falsetto vocals and intricate guitar lines, building up into a far more full-on sound, than the previous few tracks, making for an epic close to the album. Its subtly catchy chorus makes it quite an understated yet big song.

Sonically, this is an album that’s about as far from their former selves as it can be, but it is also a record that demonstrates huge growth from the band and a relentless willingness to try out new sounds. They haven’t lost their credibility though – they’re still packing a vulnerability to their lyricism and putting enough edginess into the tracks to still show parts of their previous incarnations and due to its diversity,¬†Peach Club¬†is¬†bound to have something you’ll love.

It’s been really interesting to see this band’s evolution with this latest release and it’s bound to pick up a whole new fan base along the way. I’ll be intrigued to see where the band take their sound next!

Rating
3.5


‘Peach Club’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/peach-club/1439380906


Peach Club on Spotify

Givin’ Up (Official Music Video)

Don’t Cry (Official Music Video)


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#Review: You Me At Six – VI


   

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You Me At Six are an English¬†rock¬†band from¬†Surrey. Since forming in 2004, the band have enjoyed various successes with all of their albums (except their first) reaching the Top 5 of the UK Album Charts and their fourth album,¬†Cavalier Youth, reached Number 1! Now, 2018 sees the band return with their aptly-named sixth studio album,¬†VI. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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One thing is for certain, this band are superb at adapting their sound and have continued to evolve throughout their already pretty lengthy career. Their previous album, Night People, received rather mixed reviews suggesting it was a rather disjointed effort Рalthough credit to them for trying something new! However, this is all about to change with VI!

The album bursts into life with the very gritty and rather explosive¬†‘Fast Forward’,¬†which sees Franceschi screaming, “Pour some gasoline on,”¬†with his trademark gravelly voice.¬†The track has highs and lows in all the right places – prominent, grungy synths make this a strong album opener…think¬†U2¬†but heavier!

Next to follow is the hugely atmospheric, stadium-filler,¬†‘Straight To My Head’ with 80s-style synths, strong bass lines and an incredibly catchy, chant-able chorus – possibly the best track on the record.

There is a distinctly indie meets disco sound across the album too. Lead single¬†‘3AM’ epitomises the vibe of the record; like something by¬†The Killers,¬†The Maccabees¬†or even Bastille maybe,¬†with a running rhythm to the vocals, whilst¬†‘Back Again’ is possibly the most pop-like track on the album, seeing Franceschi using his falsetto – a great, feel-good track.

They’ve once again diversified their sound, kept it fresh and refused to stick to a sound that’s previously brought them success.

Possibly the weakest songs have to be¬†‘I O U’ – a bass-led affair that feels disjointed in places; it’s quite experimental, in that it changes pace and sound throughout. Also,¬†‘Predictable’ is quite similar to something by¬†Arctic Monkeys; it’s a little droning and not particularly memorable. Whilst¬†‘Pray For Me’ is a wonderfully euphoric song but throughout feels like it’s going to a place that it never actually goes.

‘Danger’¬†instantly grabs your attention with a beat that starts almost identically to¬†Toni Basil‘s¬†‘Mickey’, but quickly demonstrates it’s much more edgy than that. It’s an upbeat track with some incredible, diverse vocals – a really strong track!

Probably the most controversial song on the album, is closing track,¬†‘Losing You’ – it¬†builds beautifully with some captivating vocal effects and all-consuming reverb on the synths and guitars. It is bound to be a real mixed-bag with the fans.

It has to be said that¬†You Me At Six¬†have done a superb job with this record – they’ve once again diversified their sound, kept it fresh and refused to stick to a sound that’s previously brought them success. They’re a band that press forward and continue to grow and¬†VI clearly shows that the band have made an album they wanted to make – for that, they should be very proud.

Rating
3.5


‘VI’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/vi/1380831965


VI on Spotify

3AM (Official Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrELmjpktYE


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