Following of the current trend of alterntive rock are Tunbridge Wells’ very own Cities. Having only been around for the best part of two years, this feisty young quartet have already gone balls deep into the scene and have support many of the giants, such as Funeral For A Friend, Mallory Knox and Lower Than Atlantis. Now that they’ve finally had some time in the recording studio, they have thrown their debut self titled EP into the mix.
Perhaps it’s spending so much time with all these other artists, but Cities will always remind you of some other band. All the layered riffs, back-up gang-vocals and reverb/echo effects are all very reminiscent of every other act on the same scene today.
Though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it will forever doom Cities to the support slots, at least for the foreseeable future. They need to build on their sound and come up with something more original in order to pull in the headline shows and festival appearances. Lord knows they have the potential to, the choruses of ‘The Early Hours’ and ‘You Deserve Anything’ pack more punch than a pissed-off concrete kangaroo and are certain crowd-pleasers.
Sadly, there are a few other issues here and there. The vocals are slightly off in places and some of their songs have a somewhat disjointed feel to them, but these are small start-up issues that will undoubtedly disappear over time and with plenty of practise.
The ‘Cities’ EP is still a sweet little release brimming with potential to be something great. Sure, there are a few teething problems, but don’t let that deter you from giving them a listen. If you’re a fan of Mallory Knox or anyone similar to them, then you should definitely check out Cities. Chances are you’ll be seeing them live very soon.
Written by Andy Roberts