Here's the latest band I've seen that I recommend checking out... especially
if pop punk is your thing. Evoking a time when skateboards were life
and guitar bands hid wry grins behind messy fringes while unashamedly
pushing addictive heavy pop melodies with a carefree spirit of reckless
abandon, Brighton four piece RCKLSS are re-energising the underground
scene with their debut EP So Cynical.
After I heard the two singles late last year, the inventive multi-layered
Animals, and its follow up, the bouncy high energy Tell
You, it felt to me these guys had the musical chops and song-writing
nouse to be something rather special. Now, with the release of the EP
and hooky third single Every Time, any remaining questions
I had have been answered in style… RCKLSS are the real deal for
This collection of six songs (more mini album than EP) have such a depth
throughout it’s hard to appreciate this is a relatively new young
band who don’t already have a couple of gold albums under their
belts, seriously. The production values are top notch, the myriad of
harmonies and interweaving melodies mixed sublimely, any extra sonic
treatments always respectful to the overall song and never feeling overworked.
The two more melancholic tracks on So Cynical particularly benefit…
Struggle with its beautiful piano/vocal opening verse, and
the utterly epic Empty Space which grows from a haunting guitar
to stadium rock magnificence and back again to close the EP.
Importantly to their future potential success, singer/guitarist Matty
Halliwell has a versatile voice that fits their pop punk stylings well,
like a mix of Benjamin Kowalewicz from Billy Talent and Green Day’s
Billy Joe Armstrong, while still retaining an identity all his own.
Can they play live? For sure, and hopefully some bigger stages will
soon beckon them as I’d love to see what they’re capable
of in front of a large crowd. I suspect they’ll feel right at
By the way, I made these photos at Bar
42 in Worthing. It really is a cool little music venue that punches
way above its size. It's ideal for seeing great bands up close, with
a good sound and lighting too. Make sure you visit the place often if
you're in the area!
So Cynical is available to purchase and download at the usual
digital music sellers and CDs can be bought via the band's online
store. Go to www.rcklss.uk/so-cynical
for links to purchase or listen.
Check out the videos for Every Time, Tell You, and Animals...
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