‘Only Just Holding On’ is the debut release of alt rock trio Forty Four Hours, and it is simply stunning. Far from any genre out there today, this EP is both mature in its sound and bold in its direction. Not many would holster throwbacks to 80s contemporary rock with echo and reverb effects over Phil Collins-esque vocals, but by God does it work.
Listening to ‘Only Just Holding On’ is a surprisingly relaxing experience, not that it’s boring in any way – far from it in fact – but the music itself is a calming and pleasant distraction from all the other noise that plagues the day to day. Think of it as an ideal escapist soundtrack to a shitty commute, or the perfect compliment to a Sunday morning winter walk.
It’s actually really hard to pin down a similar sounding band; on the one hand the soft reggae undertones make them sound like an indie Skindred, though the gang vocals and grandeur are akin to those of Biffy Clyro. The best approach is to just flat out recommend Forty Four Hours to those who are fans of well crafted, genuine, thoroughly listenable music.
Written by Andy Roberts (@sassensquatch)