Northampton based up-and-comers Death Kindly Waits For Me have released their new EP, entitled ‘Wires // Iron // Blood’, which is the band’s first official release since they formed back in February of 2014, having only put out a single at the end of last year. The EP features three tracks which waver between the pop-rock sounds of Blitz Kids to the post-hardcoreness of A Day To Remember.
As it’s such a short EP, it can be typical that like other bands have done in the past, the band’s sound does not get adequately conveyed across the three tracks. But, DKWFM manage to keep the energy up and not let the sound be lost as they manage to show off pretty well just what they can do.
‘The Cutting Room Floor’ kicks off with angsty vocals and a jagged guitar line that compliments it really well, as it allows the melody to shine through the heaviness which continues throughout this track. Taking blatant influence from older contemporaries You Me At Six with some added growls and screamed vocals under the distortion-heavy guitars and thumping bass, the opening track takes a firm hold of the listener.
The EP’s other two tracks go from using dissonant chords and aggressive instrumentation in ‘Best Friends’ to the slow-burner of ‘Decade Of War’, which evolves into a cascading whirlwind of notes and destructive drums. Through the changes that are quite obvious in these songs, DKWFM use the brevity to their advantage and use cuts that spread across different styles of their music instead of staying in one particular style, e.g. mid-paced half cut attempts at crossing pop-punk with hardcore, which typically leaves an EP stale and unenjoyable.
While the music on ‘Wires // Iron // Blood’ isn’t exactly the most original, the quartet certainly put their heart and soul into it which makes it sound so much more fresh than their contemporaries. The aggression it has on a track like ‘Best Friends’ is unbeatable, particularly how the vocal from Adam Fitch are near enough spat out to the listener. It would be interesting to see how this band evolves in the near future, as their style and genre have some many different things that could potentially be incorporated into songs.
Written by Ewan Macdonald
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