Although the artwork may make you feel like they’re going to be ripping off Elder Brother, once you open it up and listen to the tracks, they are far from them. Based in Essex, Create To Inspire bring a strong melodic hardcore presence, which also weaves a mixture of metalcore into the roots of their music. Releasing their debut EP, ‘Halfway Home’, the band are on their way to getting a lot of exposure as this record is definitely going to do that.
As the distortion and feedback goes straight in for their first song, you get a strong While She Sleeps influence incorporated in all of the instruments, with most of the melodic sections showing up in the chorus. The vocals are dynamic in the way that as the song goes on, the pattern and emphasis grows stronger which each lyric. ‘In Light’ is a great opening song for this uprising band, but the fun doesn’t stop there.
As the record progresses, you come off the melodic side and go more into a post-hardcore element unlike most bands of this genre follow. With the main guitars feeling quite like something out of Alexisonfire, the clean stressed vocals are what give ‘Changes’ its appeal and feel like something that many underground bands try to do and fail.
In fact, the record itself is something that differentiates from what a band should do and what a band try to do and fall short of. Each of their songs have a unique selling point and has their own influences driven into them. ‘Foundations’ brings on the flavours of a lot of hardcore bands such as Terror and Stray From The Path, separating from what you hear from the other four tracks on the record.
In the end, the band does wonders with ‘Halfway Home’. For those who are looking for a new band to sink their teeth into, make sure you check out Create To Inspire.
Written by Joshua Palmer