Monday, 23 June 2014

SOUND OF THE SIRENS - EP REVIEW

Sounds Of The Sirens - Under The Stars EP 
Sound Of The Sirens - Under The Stars EP

Shockingly, I still haven't managed to catch this duo live yet which is shocking because they are a quality act from my neck of the woods but also because they seem to be relentlessly gigging - something I wholeheartedly approve of. Fortunately for us, they found just enough time between all these gigs to knock out an EP containing four new tracks and it all begins with 'Still Life'. This opening track starts gently with those trademark tight vocal harmonies but the chorus starts to breathe life in to the melody and by the end those rousing guitars and stomping percussive rhythms are really hooked in. 'Undeserved' starts with nothing but the vocal harmonies before the Exeter duo show a moodier, more brooding side which turns in to outright defiance and the kind of lyrics that display more girl power than the Spice Girls ever did.

The delicate, folkish openings to 'All That I Could Find' are the aural equivalent of the morning after a big break up when you know you've got your whole life ahead of you but you can't help mulling over what has gone before. This is where Sound Of The Sirens excel, in their ability to switch between the rousing crowd pleaser and the heartbreaking folk ballad that could reduce a fully grown man to a sobbing heap in minutes. The final track is 'Stars' and a bit of subtle mandolin is added in for good measure as the song builds steadily to a foot stomping, chest beating crescendo that is sure to make this one a firm favourite with the numerous crowds they play to on a regular basis. I can thoroughly recommend the music made by Abbe and Hannah but I urge you to listen regardless of your tastes just to revel in the glory of their superb vocal harmonies. Glorious.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/SoundoftheSirens?fref=ts /

http://www.soundofthesirens.net/

Live Dates:

27th June - Popped Music Stage, Upton
11th July - Tiverton Balloon Festival, Tiverton
19th July - LFest, Uttoxeter
27th July - Forever Sun Festival, Dorchester w/Happy Mondays + John Otway
3rd August - Looe Angling Club, Looe
8th August - Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter w/Kast Off Kinks
9th August - Boardmasters Festival, Newquay w/Snoop Dogg + Chase & Status
14th August - The Phoenix, St Mawgan
23rd August - Victorious Vintage, Southsea
23rd August - Purbeck Folk Festival, New Swanage
24th August - Ferryboat, Shaldon
13th September - Eastbourne Steampunk, Eastbourne
14th September - Moreton Day of Music, Moretonhampstead

9th November - Ferryboat, Shaldon

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