In Crowded Skies are a four-piece alternative rock band, based in Kent.
After taking the local scene by the balls, and showing us that live alternative rock can be done right, ICS are releasing their second EP entitled, ‘Everything Comes To Light’ on the 8th of August.
The EP kicks off with a banging track, entitled, ‘You Were Right‘. I love it. The backline is knockout, and in your face. After a long build up, it hits a chorus which is stronger than Iron Man’s erection if he had popped a vally and put his willy in cement. Personal favourite.
Next up is ‘Everything Comes To Light (Just Like A Burning Star Part III)‘. This is slower paced than the previous song, and although it’s my least favourite on the EP, it’s a decent track. A pumping bassline give the verses an interesting touch, and the vocals give it a very distinctive feel. Not bad.
The third track on the EP is ‘Radars‘. It opens up with some brief but beautiful acoustic guitar chords and soft vocals, before kicking it into second gear, whacking those distortion pedals down again. Sure, I love the heavier, more brutal side to this genre, but it’s always a treat when you even get a snippet of these bands’ lighter sides (any chance of an acoustic EP in the future, boys?). Anyway, this song is lovely, with strong vocals and a matching backline. It reminds me of a better Hawthorne Heights with Underoathy vocals.
‘No Evil‘ is the final track of the EP. The band’s talent is made immediately obvious in this song, as it features well-layered guitar parts, a defining drumbeat and stylistic vocals that carry you through to a chorus that delivers the punch it should. (The bass is good too but the sentence was already too long #bassistlove).
Overall, I love this band. I’ll be playing this EP a lot, hopefully long enough my neighbours come over and tell me to shut the fuck up.
But I find it has a few flaws as well.
Something I look for in lyric-writing is the ability to say something thought-provoking. That being said, not many of the lyrics really had much impact on me. I feel like they were slightly generic, and lacking in the ingredient that makes them feel unique. Even if they’re not. Additionally, I found a few of the lead guitar parts repetitive at times, too standard, and not experimental enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.
However… it’s pretty damn good, an EP this calibre of production quality, technical skill and creativity is rarely achieved from unsigned artists. As a second EP, I do believe it does the band justice. Sexy justice.
Everything Comes To Light is a grower, give it the chance it deserves, and you will be rewarded.
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