We Are Giants THE EMPIRE EP Review

img_0140Smack bang in the middle of England, Northamptonshire three piece band, We Are Giants have been spreading their music locally, receiving high praise for their quirky and almost surreal sound that they’ve become known for. Earlier this year, We Are Giants released a brilliantly compilation of tracks that encapsulates who and what they are – a band with a passion for what they do, and a sound that’s groundbreaking. Reaching to every corner of the UK, We Are Giants are fortunate enough to be in one of the biggest, most accepting and adventurous alternative scenes the world has to offer. A generation packed full of energy drinks, We Are Giants are no doubt one of the most anticipated bands to have grown and developed in the UK. Enter Shikari have reached practically every corner of the world, and We Are Giants have the potential to go just as far.

There’s a surreal feeling surrounding the We Are Giants EP The Empire, and as you enter first track, ‘We Are Giants’ the mystery only increases. But the kick really starts as soon as second track, ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ begins. The instruments are alarmingly quick to the point, and with a funky bass line, We Are Giants are definitely a futuristic band creating music way ahead of the times. But, saying that, there’s a somewhat nostalgic scene into mid-2000s when music of all sorts were digging themselves out of the woodwork and entering the world to be enjoyed. ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ is a real mind blower, but it’s nothing compared to third track and maybe a favourite from the EP ‘The Empire.’ One of the best things about this track is it’s charming and loose bass line, complimented by a nostalgic sound of the guitar. There’s a lot of energy to be found in this EP and We Are Giants have found their happy medium of creating solid tracks and harnessing their talents to emphasise the use and importance of each instrument throughout their creations.

‘What’s The Difference?’ starts relatively differently, although doesn’t differ from their already very unique sound. The four track EP is one that’s definitely got much appeal to it, but with each song there’s so much to enjoy. ‘What’s The Difference?’ is one of the best tracks to really introduce this wild and other worldly band. A quick interlude of a 1940’s waltz snippet, the band are clear in their comedic value together. Their enjoyment channels through their work, making The Empire one of this year’s best listened EP.

To keep up to date with We Are Giants, follow them on Facebook and regularly check their official website and be sure to check out The Empire on Spotify, iTunes or BandCamp.

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FIVE UK bands you should check out!

2017 has been an outstanding year regarding the UK Pop Punk scene. The support has been growing massively, and a snowball effect of fans is following closely behind. Artists such as Neck Deep and Roam have really put the spotlight on our local or unsigned bands, and with that some real gems are glowing through the smoke. There’s a huge amount of variety as well, with most breaking the ordinary and taking pop punk into new depths. Not only is pop punk seeing a massive surge of support, but a lot of UK bands are receiving more recognition and opportunities. The entire alternative scene, be in pop punk, metal or emo are glowing. Bands like Holding Absence and Junior are exploring the country promoting their music, while the Luke Rainsford is successfully spreading his messages across his social media platforms, reaching into the masses. This list is for all those people looking to support their local music scene, or even for the people who want to hear more about what the UK has to offer. With that, let’s begin.

13321914_1100589729964337_318838662644029052_n.jpgTigerstyle – Northampton

Tigerstyle’s music has been thrown into the light with their latest album I Can’t Stay that holds pure anthems and a hard pop punk kick. Hailing from the shores of Northampton, their influences range from Knuckle Puck, Real Friends and State Champs – all of which are prominent in their musical creations, all the while keeping a fresh take on the genre. There’s a lot to admire the band for, and ‘Glory Days’ is one of them. It’s one hell of a song, and if you’re a new listener to the likes of Tigerstyle, there’s no doubt that would be the song would instantly have you hooked, or at least make it’s way into one of your many playlists.

15621834_885439958260024_4285578038976777751_nWallflower – South London

Wallflower is a mysterious kind of band that hasn’t released too much information about themselves on social media, but their music is one of a kind. The south London band released their latest EP, Where It Fell Apart earlier in the year, and their name is about to show up a lot more. This month, starting on the 15th, Wallflower will be supporting The Movielife and no doubt in the future will be alongside big names again. But aside from their association with a big name, Wallflower have made a brilliant name for themselves with their melodic tracks that has a emphasis on the guitar. Their a very atmospheric band, and again, totally mysterious. It’s a very tailor made sound, showing originality and brilliance. Being in a rock band isn’t all about that big bouncing sound, and Wallflower show off their talents in various ways of instruments, vocals and overall their chemistry as a band.

0008636003_10One State Drive – Oxfordshire

This band has everything you need for the ultimate pop punk band. Aside from the pop punk punch that their music wholly possesses, they’re a band having a good time doing what they’re doing. Their official music video for ‘Ouchtown, Population You Bro!’ brought them onto the screens of many, garnering them a lot of fans and the recognition they deserve. For these guys, their passion for their work is undeniable as they treat it all with enjoyment and using their time as a band to really hone in on their desired play-style. Currently, the band are putting on live performances and reaching new heights – but they’re a band to keep up to date with, and grab a ticket if they’re near you! You’re guaranteed a good time.

PTAlbumPenelope Tree – Buckinghamshire

Penelope Tree is everything the modern industry is currently concocting. With bands such as Real Friends, Microwave and Boston Manner on the rise, Penelope Tree is harnessing this and setting themselves up for success with their style. The Scenes You Create is such a big EP released by the band, showing off their individual talents in their music and being the mature voice in a crowded room of bouncing pop punkers. While the album was released in 2016, Penelope Tree are a band that require your attention as they work on their new material, bound to drop more music that’ll pull on the heart strings.

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MAYPINE – Brighton

Forming mid-2016, MAYPINE stormed the scene and made 2017 theirs with their hard work and dedication. Putting on live shows around the UK and earning the notoriety for the excitement and liveliness during their performances, MAYPINE have the music to match creating melodic chaos with their instruments. They’ve already won the hearts of many over their short period of being a band, and thriving in their environment, MAYPINE are dominating the scene relentlessly. They’ve got the charisma and talent of a pop punk band, and they’re truly harnessing all their energy into well mastered pieces, giving them a quicker incline into one of the best bands to currently be hailing from the shores of the UK.

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