EP: Lower Lands – Growing Pains
March 5th, 2012
Red Bull Bedroom Jam has shown the success that the internet can have for bands. Past successes have included electro goths My Passion and new boys on the scene, Don Broco. Now, Lower Lands are one of the latest bands to emerge from the phenomenon with over 4000 likes currently and an average rating of 4.6/5. Considering the band only formed a little over a year ago, the lads aren’t doing half bad. The band have already toured with the likes of Shapes and Deaf Havana, and I’m sure after the release of their EP, this will rapidly expand.
The band have constantly been compared to Lower Than Atlantis, not just because of first word of their band names, and this association does not denote negative connotations. Instead, Lower Lands have moved forward with the strong confident punk-pop vibe and thrown in top class vocals, lyrics and riffs to compete directly with the band in question. The band have their own unique edgy twist on the pop-punk genre and ‘Growing Pains’ allows them to show this off.
‘Wide Eyes’ opens the EP where Ben Inkley shows off his strong guttural vocals encased in punchy guitar riffs. Even after turning off the record you are sure to be thinking about this track in the back of your mind. It’s hard to switch off.
’12 Green Bottles’ is the best track to showcase the band’s blend of punk, hardcore and alternative rock along with pop elements within the lyrics and chorus. The band are definitely diverse. It begins with Ben‘s rough voice singing out over a simple background of guitar and drums which integrates so well around his voice that the band seem meant to be. About halfway through the track, Ben busts out some heavier singing, which is perhaps a sneaky indication of things to come in the future. He sings out “You had it all, you had it all”, and it won’t be long before the band certainly do have it all.
‘Idle Hands, Empty Pockets’ allows Ben to show off the edgier side of his voice and the song has a sound reminiscent of Don Broco in their earlier days, which on all accounts is a great bonus to a track.
Thankfully, no two tracks through the six track long EP are similar and the lack of repetition – and thus slight boredom – is a pleasant change. This EP shows maturity far beyond the band’s physical years, and hopefully this EP will propel the band towards the level of success that they truly deserve.
Written by Rhian Westbury