Eden Royals are an indie pop-rock duo from Essex, who, with the help of multiple local musicians, have released their Time Won’t Wait EP. The EP is only three tracks long and is similar in sound to the likes of The 1975 and the most recent Paramore record.
Opening and title track Time Won’t Wait highlights the use of multiple musicians as instantly the layering of keys and brass behind the bouncy pop guitar tone is noticeable. The guitar riff is the highlight of this song, providing a very danceable beat throughout. The vocals lack the melody that the top bands of this genre possess, however they do exude personality, with the Essex/East London accent being noticeable and helping the band to standout from a lot of other bands in this genre.
The next song Graveyard Dreams (Start Again) is more subtle in its guitar use and has a greater focus on the vocals. This comes with good reason as the vocals do improve on this track, particularly in the verses. The melody within the verses is reminiscent of a more indie style rather than pop. Saying this, the chorus lacks the undeniable hooks that would be needed to take this band forward.
Closing track Clouds is a slower number. With a more relaxed vibe to the song, the guitars and vocals seem more in unison and in tune with each other. This is the best song on the EP. The crescendo at the end showcases the musical ability of the band and highlights the potential this band has moving forward.
Time Won’t Wait is a well-polished EP that proves the potential that Eden Royals have. With the pop guitar tone and the more indie vocals, the band have the potential to create a unique sound in what is becoming a very competitive and over saturated genre. Slightly better vocal melodies and hooks in the choruses, and a better moulding of guitar and vocals may see this band have some success