In recent years, there seems to have been a surge in pop ‘rock’ bands with big sugary choruses that feel like they are begging for mainstream radio play. From the scene that brought you Five Seconds of Summer is born Beaumont, a four piece hailing from Birmingham. They seem to take the ideas of this scene, that all too regularly pumps out overly polished music featuring barely audible guitars, and add a bit of much needed crunch.
Although this album is definitely still palatable enough to find itself on daytime Radio 1 for example, the guitar tone has an edge to it and the drums are high enough in the mix that this definitely still maintains the feel of a rock band, albeit one who enjoy The 1975 as much as they enjoy Green Day. Opening track Happiness Joy sets out this EP’s stall well, with a bouncy riff that in time gives way to a catchy chorus that somehow manages to be big and memorable, without the horrifically saccharine nature of something like Royal by Waterparks. The highlight of the record comes with Satellites which begins with a twisting little riff and again evolves into a really rather brilliant chorus that will sound emphatic in the live environment!
Although there might be a touch to many “woh oh” sing along moments for my liking, this EP keeps the quality high over it’s 6 track run length. Although it comes from a sub genre that in recent years has not interested me in the slightest, I think this is a really good band with a bright future.