Sometimes it takes a little while to see a dream become a reality, but when that reality is unleashed unto the world, it can only be the greatest feeling in the world. For the trio in Northern punk rockers State of Error, their latest album ‘Silence Fiction‘ is the culmination of almost eight years’ worth of hard graft and creativity. It’s an unashamedly upbeat, highly relatable rock/punk record which is absolutely perfect to belt out over the summer.
We kick off this record with ‘Cliché’ which has an understated introduction, as vocalist Richard Hadley sings alongside distorted guitar strums. But once the percussion and bass from Danny Moore and Mikey Green respectively, it’s magnificent punk glory. With themes exploring emotions and regret, it’s certainly a touching way to begin ‘Silence Fiction’ and hooks you in deep with its honesty.
Similar ideas run throughout this record, including following track ‘The Way Things Were’ and ‘Foreverteen’ which touch upon the all too familiar struggles of growing old when you’ve not changed inside since you were 16. Who knew that the harsh realities of growing up could be so well scripted into infectiously upbeat numbers, but State of Error completely nail it with these tracks. Their brand of turning subjects that could be a complete downer into lively, moshable songs is sheer genius, and there’s a true sense of integrity with their lyrics that you can’t help but fall in love with.
‘Nobody’s Fool, ‘Cynicists and Anarchists’ and ‘Protect and Serve’ have reminiscent tones of old school punk rock, with the latter including some stunningly complementary guest vocals from Dan Dunn of ACCIDENT/HAPPY. If you enjoyed the Blink 182 and Simple Plan era of the late 90’s/early 00’s, then this is a complete throwback to those bouncy tones: it’s good old fashioned, head-bopping rock with bold choruses and riffs.
If there was a comedy rock musical about living in a terrible, middle-of-nowhere town in England, ‘This Town’ would definitely be the leading track. It’s insanely addictive, highly amusing, and unapologetically Northern with fabulous tangents of Yorkshire dialect and cliché. If you have roots in a small town where nothing stays secret and the curtain twitching neighbours have dobbed you into your mum at least once, you will know exactly where this song is coming from, and you will love it.
This isn’t to say that State of Error aren’t as powerful if they take things down a notch, far from it. This is proven in ‘Broken’, as Hadley’s vocals soar against acoustic notes, showing the band’s eclectic side beautifully. All three voices marry together exceptionally within this track.
Teetering over the halfway point, we find out why ‘Rosie’ was chosen to be released as a single. Everything from the perfectly timed backing vocals, to the completely infectious chorus and the way the riffs rise and fall in all the right places, you cannot help but stick this song on repeat. It’s that classic rock song about a girl, and boy have State of Error done it exactly right.
What follows is something slightly heavier: latest single ‘Fire, Fire!’. Beginning with the slightly unnerving voices of children singing ‘London’s Burning’, this is soon blasted into obscurity by pounding drums from Moore and Hadley’s fabulous riffs. Featuring vocals from track co-writer Jordan Greenwood from DEADLAST, this collaboration is magic. His screaming vocals offset Hadley’s perfectly and add another layer of depth to this already stunning record.
As ‘Silence Fiction’ draws to a close with ‘Vixen’, we are treated to an extended piece, an almighty crescendo if you will. With humble beginnings as Hadley sings beautifully and passionately, as he does throughout this record, against simple strums. But almost three minutes in, this piece is far from over. As the riffs build into the more familiar territory of rock, ‘Vixen’ turns into a rock ballad, with all three playing a significant part in this epic finale. And like the final flaming embers, the last haunting words fade out of life, and we are left to marvel over this wonderful record.
State of Error have done a great many things with this record: made us think truly and deeply, made us reminisce and probably most importantly, made us smile. If you went into ‘Silence Fiction’ thinking it was going to be ‘just rock/punk record’ and nothing to get too excited about, then shame on you. It’s brimming with heart and soul, rock ‘n’ roll and there is an air of genuineness that resonates through every note played and every word sung: no nonsense, no BS, just pure honesty and it’s spectacularly refreshing in every possible way.