Blistering, Powerful and Thumping. Those are three words to describe the debut EP from York based OLD SELVES. They produce a masterful release quite unlike any other band on the up and coming scene right now where they produce something of high quality standard which could rival releases of names much larger than themselves. Their no holds barred attitude on the six track EP show they are a force to be reckoned with and live, it will be unquestionably manic.
The haunting intro of ‘Sonnet For Sorrow’ brings about a medieval theme which for the band pairs well with their location and makes the way for the smashing ‘Two Minds’. “Get out, just get out” rings in perfectly for the band in a way that’s unexpected from the outset and just leaves you wanting more. The most obvious riffs in comparison are that to Bullet For My Valentine which offers an intense rage you can feel sweltering out of the music before the drums offer a cathartic release to culminate in the closing of the track.
‘Population’ offers more of the intense riffs by the band as you feel the energy to make this one of the more confrontational bands that you’ve heard in a while but what’s more is that the solo taps into the potential where you think they peak? No, they’re capable of much more to the point of which Old Selves are following in the footsteps of the scarce metal scene York have had recently but add so much more to it.
‘Lost’ is a quaint instrumental interval to help you recalibrate and leads into ‘444’. The start of the track makes your hairs stand on end where the sound just erupts where you get the addition of the political aspect of the band making its full swing in lyrics such as “Stop, I’m trying to breathe” which is just so eire as they echo just what has happened in the world in the last year. The colossal sounds are the very foundation and the backbone which propels the EP to make it a debut you won’t forget anytime soon.
In the fianle of the the EP, there’s something a lot cleaner about the sound of the guitars to finish as the track fades but not before more social commentary hits home where they end on such a strong note.
Now at the moment, Old Selves do have touring plans of the UK planned for later this year, assuming all goes to plan with the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and if the same intensity and ferocity can be delivered, they will be the best band to come of of the Yorkshire scene in a while and undoubtedly one of the best.
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