After the line-up changes that occurred following their 2016 debut EP, ‘Stay Sad’, Bristolian four-piece Pushing Daisies have bounced back with its follow-up, ‘Take Me Back To The Light’, a collection of six tracks that oozes the emotive, reflective lyricism and melancholy that is to be expected from any emo-grunge act.
Starting with ‘Fears’, Pushing Daisies waste no time in showing us what they’re all about. The verses are introduced with a picked, lead guitar part, which creates an underlying feeling of tension that remains throughout the track. The chorus sees the vocals taking the forefront, with Bert Martinez-Cowles giving the perfect blending of ear-catching vocal melody and expressively yelled vocal performance and lyrics; “I’m standing in the dark left with the guilt of what you chose.”
‘Night Masquerade’ showcases the band at their most experimental, pushing the boundaries of their dissonance and experimenting with some darker sounding chord progressions. Tom Ruff opens this track with a steady, solid drum groove with a dissonantly, picked lead guitar part creating a My Chemical Romance inspired feel from the track. A steady, grunge inspired instrumental and a legato vocal melody bringing out the payoff to an innovative and attention grabbing innovative verse.
‘Take Me Back To The Light’ is a perfect example of any band doing exactly what they should on their second release; improving upon your debut and pushing the boundaries of your sound. Whilst Pushing Daisies still have some way to go in terms of their innovation to create their own fresh and unique sound, there’s definite moments here of the band beginning to break the mould of their genre expectations.
They may not be at the peak of their potential just yet, but ‘Take Me Back To The Light’ definitely conveys an exciting leap in the right direction.
Written by Neil Dowd (@neildowd_)