Hermosa Pier are an Indie/Pop band from the West Midlands, UK. Their sound is based around a solid rhythmic foundation, catchy and engaging guitar parts, and a strong female lead vocal. The band’s rock, blues, jazz, funk, and 80s pop influences lend themselves to the band’s original sound.
Building on from their 2019 single release in the form of ‘Doing Fine (which does feature on this EP) the Midlands Indie Pop band come forth with their debut EP, ‘Word’s To Myself’.
The band opens up with ‘Out Of Sight, Still On My Mind‘ which lands on a smooth verse which holds up with Holly’s vocals as the track continues to compliment the 80’s influence. Here it becomes apparent in a way that just instantly works for the band. Moving straight into ‘Passing Tide‘, it’s quite an enjoyable slow burner on the EP which leads you into a calm notion where the streamlining of the tracklisting shows how the band are thinking and builds on your expectations.
Going into the third track, (the already pre-released in 2019) ‘Doing Fine‘, is masterfully enjoyable and demands to be repeated. In addition you hear Kate’s bass come into full fruition to leading into the fourth track in ‘Words To Myself‘. This time, it’s Dom’s time to shine where his guitar solo (at 2 minutes and 35 seconds in) is quite amazing and haunting to elevate the track to be the strongest out of the five.
For the last track, ‘Dreaming Without You‘, they try to come away from anything that remotely seems similar to this EP as if they were throwing the rule book out on their own genre which does seem to work slightly but what I’m surprised the most by is how fluid the combination is for a band on their first EP where they provide a maelstrom of sounds to smooth things out.
Though Less than a year has passed between the single and this debut EP, Hermosa Pier have emerged to drive fans to want more and whilst it remains to be seen as to how this will hold up, there’s a strong promise on what’s on show here.
The Full tracklisting, EP Artwork and preview of the EP can be found below.
Man Overboard’s Nik Bruzzese has launched a brand new project with two new tracks you can hear now.
The project’s called Casa Loma and the tracks are taken off the upcoming debut EP, ‘This Is Coping’ which is set to be released on June 6th via Pure Noise Records.
On the EP Nik as said:
“I started writing this EP as a therapy session for myself. I went through one of the hardest years of my life last year because I lost two people very near to me. But when you’re a dad and have two daughters like I do, you’re not allowed to be sad. You have to be excited and happy about everything, even though inside you might be ripping to shreds.
“I think that’s the way most people work; they have to put up this front like everything’s fine even though they actually think the world is falling down around them. So writing this album was a way for me to vent and get out those feelings without tearing somebody’s head off or being a perpetual bummer to my family and friends. It’s for everyone who has to be this one person during the day and then someone different when they’re on their own.”
And the two tracks names?
First off we have ‘Travelers’ for which Bruzzese shares:
“Ever since my dad died, I feel like he sends me signs. Sometimes when I hear a weird sound in my house or a song on the radio, or I have an interaction with a stranger that feels special, I think it happened because my dad is trying to say something to me. I guess I keep looking for these signs because my dad didn’t really leave me with anything other than like, a Roth IRA. I want to leave something for my kids that’s on a level where they know it’s to them from me. So this song is like a letter in a drawer telling my kids what I need to say if I ever have to leave them.”
And the second is titled as ‘Famaglia’ in which he continues:
” This is totally a song meant to be played on an episode of ‘This Is Us.’ I don’t watch it, but my wife does, and every time she finishes an episode, she’s crying. I wrote this song from the perspective of a friend who lost a loved one in the most messed up way possible. When you lose someone like this, you have to be in touch with yourself spiritually and know even though the person you love is gone, you can talk to him and be lifted up with his presence instead of crashing and burning your way through life.”
The tracklisting for the EP is as follows:
01. All Alone Again
04. I Wanna Know
05. Olivia, Marley, and Duck Pond
And this is the EP Art.
Whilst these tracks do form a similarity to which some Man Overboard tracks could see them stem from, the subjects I don’t think fit into what’s being played here. Here you have to think that Bruzzese is trying to establish himself as a different artist because there are more mature vibes and a more soulful and pop acoustic experience but the one way you’d describe Travellers? Emotional as hell.
New music from Crossfaith is on its way! As well as their upcoming release titled as ‘Species’, the band have also released their brand new single, ‘Digital Parasite’.
On the track, vocalist Kenta Koie has said: “I felt an explosion from the song and I knew the lyrics should be aggressive and offensive,”. Adding to this: “We need to be honest to the music, to ourselves and to our audience but some people are happy to start cheating and I don’t care for it.”
Species is set to be released May 22nd 2020 via UNFD.
Here is the tracklisting and pre-order options.
1. Digital Parasite
3. Truth Of Insanity
4. None Of Your Business (feat. Jin Dogg)
5. Your Song