EP: Always The Quiet Ones – Freak Show

Release Date: March 5th, 2012
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.alwaysthequietones.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alwaysthequietones
Twitter: www.twitter.com/atqo

Rating:

Liverpool based alternative rockers Always The Quiet Ones are steadily making a name for themselves, opening shows for the likes of Deaf Havana and Mojo Fury. Hoping to further this, they’ve created EP ‘Freak Show’ which, whilst showing definite promise, is unfortunately only 3 tracks long, so just when you properly get into their sound you’re at its end. That said, it’s a solid EP with 3 good tracks that would only cost you a few quid.

Kicking off the EP with some force is ‘Sign Of The Times’, which boasts a powerful introduction that grabs your attention before the unique vocal style of Blas Barrigan Jr. soars over the background. The chorus of this song really shows what the band can do, with a thumping drum beat from James Lorenzo and the vocals pushed towards the rougher end of the scale. The instrumental break in the middle of the song also promotes the ability of the rest of the band before the vocals roar back in to steal focus.

Released single and title-track ‘The Freak Show’ whilst setting a darker scene as the name would suggest is unfortunately weaker than the rest due to the repetitive nature of the chorus. However, this is compensated for by ‘Valentina’, which has a softer, more melodic approach to it which steadily builds to an impressive chorus that demonstrates the band’s best work. This, combined with Barrigan‘s top vocal performance provides the most enjoyable song of the EP.

As mentioned earlier, ‘Freak Show’ is a good EP only costing a few quid, but it’s such a shame that they didn’t produce something more substantial, especially as an unsigned band trying to make a name for themselves. The saying goes that it’s the quiet ones you need to watch out for, but whether it’s Always The Quiet Ones, only time will tell.

Written by Jonathon Barlow