A good EP is surely a hard thing to accomplish. In an album, you have ample time and a fairly large number of tracks to define your band, style and musical range. An EP has less of these things, but that hasn’t stopped Torquay based trio Reigning Days from establishing themselves in what is an impressive debut, displaying the versatility and cohesion often only reserved for the LP.
Reigning Days begins with a blistering opener, the first track, ‘Empire’, delivering an upbeat riff and rousing chorus. The vocal harmonies are excellent, a theme that runs throughout the EP, and serves to accentuate the light and shade created during the song. The second offering, ‘Renegade’, also serves the same purpose, creating a hard hitting, Royal Blood-esque rawness that still manages to sound well put together.
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This all changes with the penultimate track ‘Friendly Fire’, a softer intro bringing a slightly more stripped back approach, while another meaty chorus hits home. Final song ‘Crazy Horse’ is arguably the highlight of the EP and follows suit in it’s tone. The vocal harmonies shine, and this coupled with some well placed voice effects gives the song a distinct Arctic Monkeys feel, and makes for an effective finale.
Overall, Reigning Days deliver in a promising debut EP. Each song feels slightly different, without losing the feel of an overall style, and their excellent use of vocal harmony sets them apart from other bands of the same genre. Their ability to create polished, different sounding songs in a short EP means they should have no problem when it comes to their inevitable full album. Reigning Days have gone for quality over quantity here, and have proved that you can really do a lot with only four songs.
Reigning Days is out now via Autonomy.
This Reigning Days article was written by Matt Shore, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo Simon Hammett Photography