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EP REVIEW: We Were Frontiers, Giveth Taketh Away

wewerefrontiersepTITLE: Giveth Taketh Away
BAND: We Were Frontiers
LABEL: Unsigned
RELEASED: August 5th 2013

After completing a successful set at last year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, We Were Frontiers released their debut double single Wildfire/Demons, which gave bloggers and their local music scene something to sit up and listen to. The Leeds based fivesome are still a young band who have so much more to give and their first offering comes in the form of their debut EP Giveth Taketh Away. Bring The Noise said of them:

“We Were Frontiers are an incredibly heart warming quintet whose soothing vocal melodies and catchy choruses tickle listeners into an induced warm rush of delight. Their richly flavoured folk compositions are spiced with a distinctive individuality, with nods to a blues rock sound”.

wewerefrontiersIndeed, there is so much packed into their songs, thanks to their wealth of musical talent. They infuse genres in a way that they create something entirely new and unlike anything else. The EP starts with Night Terrors, which shows off a wide range of instruments straight away with a harmonica thrown into the intro. A slow ringing riff is joined by the folksy slant which then evolves into a miltant melody set to a tribal beat. The dark northern vocals enter and the first glimpse of the western theme occurs.

Glorious Days begins with a spooky, ghostly electronica intro. A country vibe surrounds the singing riff which remains throughout. Chanting from the backing vocals adds to the feel of a mob and although there are only five members of the band, it’s like a huge group are behind them. This bright and sunny song eventually breaks down into a clapping section where just the vocals are exposed. All in all, it’s a country-themed party song that is perfect for slapping your thighs to and dancing underneath the sun to.

Madness Of July is an instrumental frenzy with little in the way of lyrics. The initial ringing accordion is drowned by the guitar which takes on an alternative style. The few vocals that are there are full of grit, backed up by a clear female vocal. A full-on folk party ensues on the chorus, creating a summery and carefree atmosphere. It’s unpolished and chaotic but so reflective of a bohemian summer party. The absence of lyrics also points to the suggestion that it’s a song about having fun as opposed to conveying a serious message.

Ending on Devil’s Type, which runs with a smoky, space-age intro provided by electronic spurts. Long drawn out strums moan over the top and the drums build suspense. The ever-present country twang prevails in the rhythm and the vocals drop deeper than they have before. It then explodes into a perfect amalgamation of alternative rock and country and an atmospheric clapping section, which would be great when played live. It’s a song about being betrayed by someone as the chorus describes “I never saw you as the devil’s type”, implying that you never really know someone until they show their true colours.

For a first EP, it’s so promising. They’re a band who effortlessly join rock and country together with a touch of blues on top. Showcasing all of their tastes on a first record is the perfect way to gain fans who will no doubt stick with them for a long time. It’s also a sure-fire way to show that they’re not just a one-trick-pony and they’ve left open a lot of avenues that they could go down with their next release.

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