Arcade Parade – Cave of Swimmers EP

Arcade Parade

Band: Arcade Parade

Hometown: Shropshire

Influences: The Maccabees, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club

Arcade Parade is the new fresh faced young ‘Indie’ band from Shropshire. With gigs at The 02 Academy3, Birmingham Ballrooms and The Slade Rooms already under their belt, the band is definitely set for great things…

On first listen, the EP: ‘Cave Of Swimmers’ introduces catchy melodies, pounding bass lines, innovative guitar riffs and rather impressive husky vocals; a wonderful blend of talent from the young quartet.

Grace, the first track on the EP opens on a strangely infectious drumbeat, a beat that causes the head to bob and the foot to tap. After the minute and a half introduction the roaring and grisly vocals step in; Kelly Jones instantly appears in my mind. The sound is so mature you almost forget you’re listening to four teenage boys.

Cave of Swimmers is the second track on the EP that immediately explodes into a memorable guitar hook and a mash up of drumbeats. The almost chaotic opening and alternative nature of the beats makes you immediately listen up. I can’t help but lean towards that Stereophonics ‘anthem’ type vibe yet again, with a bit of the Arctic Monkeys thrown in for good measure.

Eyes Open is the third song on the EP Cave of Swimmers. Eyes Open unveils itself as a lot more raw than the other two songs, that ‘in a tin can’ kind of jumbled sound is definitely a positive. The rhythmic fires of electric guitar continue throughout, never allowing the song to soften and fiercely overlapping the vocals.

Finally there’s the fourth track, Out Of The Picture. The mystifying opening is very different than the other 3 tracks on the EP and definitely sends that ‘alien invasion’ shiver over your body… once that steady yet catchy beat kicks in again we realise where we are. The euphoric sound is ensnaring in Out Of The Picture as the lead singer sings with such conviction, “I just can’t let you in”.

The passion, catchiness and tightness of the band is so apparent, especially as the EP progresses. All of the ingredients are there; it’s just up to Arcade Parade to separate themselves from the rest of the ‘indie’ bands. They’ve definitely got the goods, they’ve just got to use it right.

Words by Amy Morrison

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The Domino Set – British Romance (EP)

Domino set

Intro

Like the majority of bands we feature on here, these guys are a four piece indie band, but here’s the twist they’re from a different place, Shropshire. Since forming in 2011, the midlands based band have took off relatively fast, having already supported the fine Scottish four piece The View and heavily underrated General Fiasco. Playing these shows gained them some well-earned reputation and with their debut EP creating quite a buzz, this only added to it.

The Boys in the Band:

Lee Roberts – Vocals/Guitar
Russel Greene -Guitar
David parry – Bass
Kris Hill – Drums

Domino set

British Romance EP

With the commanding drums, which sound very similar to marching drums at the start of ‘British Romance’, the EP gets underway. There are definite connotations of the early Monkey’s material with this song, as the sharp choppy strokes come through and remind of the 2003, where guitar bands were coming through thick and fast, and could possibly be argues as one of the best times for guitar music. Bar the Scottish accent you could draw some links between Roberts and Kyle Falconer’s voice, as they both seem to be able to give a song a new level to it, with the uplifting vocals. The chorus without doubt is the life of this song as everything becomes loud and is in full bloom, the only feature missing is a nice little solo, nothing too long, but a tiny solo. ‘You don’t listen’ is the second on the EP and also the closer; once again it’s another bouncy and punchy riff which serenades in our ears. It has a very Turner-esque style to the verse’s lyrics as they’re lengthy, catchy and witty, and needless to say they’re well delivered once again. The trebly guitar is dominant in this one, as the riff is appearing in every place it can, creating an indie – pop feel to it.

Although it’s a little short, there aren’t many faults pick with EP, the indie pop remains consistent throughout with the riffs taking much of the credit for it. With some new songs on the way, the next EP/Album release looks promising and we should be looking forward to what else these lads can bring to the musical table.

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