Welsh post-hardcore upstarts Dream State have been everywhere recently. Since signing with Australian label UNFD back in December, home to acts like Architects and Northlane, they’ve had airplay on BBC Radio 1, landed over five million views on YouTube, and bagged slots on just about every festival going, including The Great Escape, Download, and Slam Dunk. Not bad for a band that was still unsigned this time last year.
New EP ‘Recovery’ is the band’s first release on their new label, and it’s proof that good things come in small packages.
Opening track ‘White Lies’ needs no introduction – it’s already racked up over one million plays on Spotify alone, and for good reason too. It’s an emotive, cathartic roller coaster built on frontwoman CJ Gilpin‘s powerhouse vocals, which tell a raw and honest tale of battling addiction; “I don’t care if it hurts me / I care if I hurt you”. With layers of heavy, metallic edged riffs from Rhys Wilcox and Aled Evans, and a chorus that packs a punch Anthony Joshua would be proud of, it’s a flying start to the EP.
Up next is ‘In This Hell’, which is catchy enough in its own right, but isn’t quite as weighty as the opener. Things get a little heavier on ‘Help Myself’, which kicks off with Gilpin‘s scathing screams, while ‘Solace’ has an infectious hook that will undoubtedly translate well live.
However, whilst there’s no shortage of killer choruses and anthemic guitars, there’s little variety, and opening with their best track means that nothing else quite measures up. Closer ‘New Waves’ comes the closest though, delivering yet another soaring melody that could easily be belting out of a radio near you any time now.
Sounding like the love child of Bring Me The Horizon and labelmates Tonight Alive, it’s not hard to see why Dream State have already achieved an impressive amount of mainstream success. None of the other tracks on ‘Recovery’ quite reach the soaring heights of ‘White Lies’, but it’s a solid collection of post-hardcore bangers that should see them catapult right to the stars.
Lottie adores hardcore and is an ardent advocate for the emo revival. When she’s not writing for DEAD PRESS!, she’s occasionally scribbling away for her own terrible blog, but usually playing video games.