ALBUM: Press To MECO – Here’s To The Fatigue

Release Date: March 30th 2018
Label: Marshall Records
Website: www.presstomeco.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/presstomeco
Twitter: www.twitter.com/presstomeco

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For fans of Croydon three-piece Press To MECO, it might have felt as if a second album has taken an age to be released. The band’s last release was their debut LP ‘Good Intent’, which dropped back in 2015 and received a critical reception for its intricate riffs and alternative take on the hardcore genre. Snap forward three years and the band have for us ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’, but how does it fare as a follow-up and sophomore record?

First up is a 40 second introduction track, building up a grumbling bass and slithering guitars before smashing into first track proper, ‘Familiar Ground’, which takes on a bouncy, lightweight pop-punk tone. The colourful vocal harmonisation on this record is clear from track one, with all three members of the group joining in for a thick sounding collective vocal performance – a trick that’s repeated throughout the entirety of this record.

The album’s title-track keeps the high flying momentum rising as chugging guitars engorge an addictive drum beat. The pre-chorus sees some detailed guitar work, with a luxurious Muse-like hammer-on riff shredding through a phaser creating a diverse sound to this fast track. In fact, this song tries something a tad different in most sections, including wide-spread harmonics in the bridge and chopping riffs in the chorus. Similarly, the vocals on ‘If All These Parts Don’t Make A Whole’ switch from gospel falsetto to a rowdy shouting mob. It’s impressive, and it draws you in to listen closer to all the extra details.

As we pass the halfway mark, the record takes a slight gentle lull with ‘A Place In It All’, a stripped back track opting for clean, springy guitars and for large parts, soft, single-track vocals from Luke Caley before concluding with a grungy, sharp climax. The break in tempo feels necessary as you can’t help but think without this track, the album may sound a bit stale come the latter tracks.

Back to the bullishness, ‘Howl’ strikes as another of the catchier, melodic tracks with a blitzing fast riff amid crashing, splashing cymbals and sweet pull-off guitar in the verses. Again, the bridge offers something different as choppy, cutting guitars stop/start like something off of an early Biffy Clyro album, then switches into a rowdy, stomping breakdown. ‘A Quick Fix’ and ‘Itchy Fingers’ show the band’s temper again with staunch guitars and aggressively shouted vocals ripping throughout, and would both sound massive live.

All in all, ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’ acts as a great follow-up to ‘Good Intent’, and is sure to please their dedicated fan base. The record has more twists and turns than a roller coaster, and boasts some impressive harmonisation amidst instrumentation that tries to find something different on every track.

Written by Dylan Tuck (@dylanjtuck)

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