The latest band riding the ever-growing tidal wave of underground British rock is V/VEGA, and they’re ready to crash any time now. The Bedfordshire foursome couldn’t get much more fresh-faced, with just one debut EP under their belt. Well, that is, until the release of ‘Leaving Lyra’, the band’s most recent effort.
‘Leaving Lyra’ is a post-hardcore dream. For those who turned their noses up at the explosion of ‘softer’ post-hardcore bands such as Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil, perhaps now is the time to pop across the Atlantic and check out what the UK has to offer.
V/VEGA have managed to play around with both clean and unclean vocals, neither of which give way to one another, both battling for centre stage the entire time. The smooth, sophisticated ambience of EP opener ‘Lyra’ bounces off of the grinding riffs and heavy vocals in ‘Grand Declaration’ to create something aggressive yet subtle, for the more mature post-hardcore connoisseur.
The vocal range shown on this record is impressive and, yet again, acts as another great showcase of what British alt rock has in store. Similar to the likes of Fort Hope, V/VEGA make the most of those cheeky highs and masculine dips within their reach, something many vocalists can only look upon with envy.
‘Leaving Lyra’ falters, however, when it comes to keeping things interesting. With only four tracks on the EP, this band should be giving us everything; those four tracks should be the Full Monty of what they are capable of. Instead, V/VEGA barely change up the tempo, style or pace whatsoever, allowing the songs to shamefully blend into each other instead of sounding like four clear-cut, stand-out tracks.
This band have a determined direction, but they seem so afraid of veering from it, even in the slightest, that they end up losing the potential for these songs to become so much more.
Written by Sam Lawrie (@SamLawrie)