This ‘Of Allies’ article was written by James Brinsford, a GIGsoup contributor.
Blasting back on to the airwaves are Hull based Of Allies with another slice of their melodic alt rock and with their sound showing growing maturity from their first outing, could this be the opportunity they have been pushing for since their inception to bring their music to the masses?
Speaking to the band you get the feeling that they are in the precipice of breaking through.
“I think we’ve moved on in many ways,” said vocalist Rich Nichols, “The sound has evolved to be much more complex and heavy whilst maintaining plenty of melody. It retains elements from the previous EP but we’ve just taken everything one step further.”
This evolvement of the band has come with more togetherness of the group. “As people we are much more cohesive within the context of the band because we’ve been spending so much time together!” This has also helped during tours and studio time as well as some aspects of writing.
Since the release of Fragments EP there has been an increase in coverage and national radio play. “The reviews so far have been unreal and it’s awesome to be getting so much attention from Kerrang and Radio 1 to help us extend our audience.” It hasn’t stopped there though as some favourable comparisons have left the band rather awestruck.
“It’s still surreal to be compared to bands we respect so much like Lower Than Atlantis and Mallory Knox so we hope to follow in their footsteps.”
They are on the right path as fans of these groups should welcome Of Allies in to the fold, especially when you consider what was behind the sound of the new EP.
“I think it’s safe to say Deftones, Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco and Twin Atlantic played a significant part in terms of musical influence for Fragments,” said Rich, “It’s so much fun to be making music and playing around the country with your mates. To get attention and have other people love it is the icing on the cake. The journey so far has been incredible.”
This journey will encompass further live dates in Doncaster, Leeds and their hometown of Hull but there is one aspect of band life that Of Allies are keen to embrace. The videos that accompany their releases are typically intense affairs with ‘One19’ following the band as they adorn balaclavas before traveling about in a transit to randomly kidnap seemingly unsuspecting people in drive-by grabbings.
“I think we all love making videos, yeah,” enthused Rich, “It’s nice to see a concept come together and tie in with the music. We have loads of fun doing them and generally manage to get ourselves in all sorts of trouble in the process. We’ve been working with a really talented guy called Josh Moore who totally gets what we’re trying to do and doesn’t mind too much when we come up with ideas that involve us driving around in balaclavas kidnapping people!”
Fragments EP is out now and it seems that the big noise that Of Allies like to make will be reverberating around these isles for the coming months. As the inevitable upsurge in interest for alt-rock happens after Foo Fighters command Glastonbury, this Hull band may find themselves at the spearhead of a British onslaught.