A lot can happen in 19 months as a band. You could play over 100 live shows including Download Festival and win incredible national music competitions. Believe it or not, this is exactly what the lads in West Yorkshire’s As Sirens Fall have been doing. They have spared no second of such precious time and have toured the UK and furiously worked away on creating new music. The result of these efforts being their self released debut EP ‘The Hospital Party’, which strikes the right balance between understated professionalism and catchy, memorable tracks.
Even on the darkest, dullest days, ‘The Hospital Party’ offers bouncy, optimistic riffs to bring a smile to your face. “Lonely Tomorrows” for example could quite easily be played in a festival field somewhere, surrounded by tents, good friends and a few cheeky drinks. Similarly with EP opener “Where You Are”, with its infectious chorus and great harmonies, it is a guaranteed foot tapper.
However, the intrigue of this band only grows with their eclecticism, particularly in halfway point “Smoke”. A heavier track in comparison to its predecessors, but the building of percussion by drummer Robbie Hutchinson gives a sensual, spine tingling quality that you just cannot ignore. And the subtle guitars hang back, letting Mikey Lord’s voice ripple across the surface, which is beautiful to listen to.
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“State of the Artist” follows in a similar fashion, but with a wonderful mixture of screaming and singing. The chorus in particular has a groovy, yet strangely pop punk quality. Closing track “Last Goodbyes” is reminiscent of FVK and My Chemical Romance, and is a fitting way to end a record, or a live show for that matter. Close your eyes and you’re there: swaying in the crowd, listening to As Sirens Fall smash this classic on stage.
Throughout ‘The Hospital Party’, the constant, outstanding feature lies with Mikey Lord. The power and control he has in his voice is remarkable, and quite honestly enviable. Whatever crosses his path and whether the occasion calls for singing or screaming, he executes it perfectly. It seems that As Sirens Fall have all the pieces comfortably in place: great music, great lyrics and great vocals. And if this is what the quintet can achieve with their debut EP, then let’s just say that with a little fine tuning, their debut album could be very exciting indeed.
‘The Hospital Party’ is out now.
This As Sirens Fall article was written by Evie Myers, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo credit : Sean Jukes