April 12, 2017 |

Those Who Knew – ‘New Perspectives’

Those Who Knew – ‘New Perspectives’

April 12, 2017 |

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Those Who Knew, the alt-rock 5-piece from Nottingham are about to self release their debut EP New Perspective on 28th April. Describing themselves as having similarities to the ‘Foo Fighters’, ‘Deaf Havana’ and ‘Lower Than Atlantis’, I had quite high expectations; however I was expecting something a bit more ballsy than I got. They share more similarities to The Kooks and The Killers, the kind of music that BBC Introducing would love. Not that this is a bad thing at all, it’s got a very commercial edge, however at the moment there is nothing overly distinctive about their music separating it from the rest.

Losing Touch, the single from the EP is definitely the strongest song, very catchy and hooky with both the guitar lines and vocals, showing variety in their song writing. The cut back bridge adds an extra layer to the song, followed by a nice variation on the chorus. The solo however goes into a half time feel, which seems like a strange move considering the rest of the song isn’t overly upbeat and is a fairly laid back tempo already, so it seems slightly awkward, however the vocals shine through with more range and dynamics around here.

The second song on the EP, Shadow In The Sea, has a more indie vibe, with pulsing guitar lines and catchy chorus vocals showing off Danny’s vocal range and style more. When he puts the effort in and pushes himself, he has a really strong voice and great timbre and tone, however in most of the songs it only seems like there are small sections that he has put this extra feeling and reach into. The build before the chorus drops in towards the end of the song sounds like it about to drop into something heavier, similar to the feedback start to Losing Touch, but then it  goes back to indie pop/alt-rock feel, I would have liked to feel some more grit behind it.