Aussie born and bred Invaders moved to the UK last year in the bid to reach a wider audience and after a self-titled EP, they’re now onto EP number two: ‘Hummingbird’. If you can imagine the positive points of Mindless Self Indulenge mixed with the heavy rock edge of The Prodigy with the amps turned up to ten, then you can begin to imagine what this band are all about. Or, instead, imagine Pendulum‘s beat with more of a dance/dub-step edge (similarly, another Aussie band to relocate to the UK).
Invaders are a difficult band to categorize; their heavy rock infused beats take them down one route, but their electronic beat filled side takes them down another route. The combination results in a rock infused dance worthy album, the perfect music for an underground rave. The sound is big and you can hear clear influences from giants such as Muse in the way that the band rely heavily on the production of the tracks. Yet, they manage to transcend into the more vibrant electro-rock by making tracks that can be moshed or danced to (or both), depending on the crowd.
Title-track ‘Hummingbird’ may leave you thinking that this band are just a bunch of rock wannabes with a keyboard, but by listening on all these thoughts will be erased from your head. Tyrone Bain‘s voice is flawless, deep enough to be the front man of a rock entourage, which mixed with the beats produced by Alex Raffaelli creates the desired affect. It’s in fact second track ‘Vapours’ which pushes the electronics to its max.
Penultimate song ‘Three’s A Crowd’ has the feeling similar to that of a Mindless Self Indulgence song. An eerie dance beat bursts out, which speeds up into a high speed energy track. Vocalist Tyrone deeply sings “I have a split personality / It’s split into three / But three’s a crowd so we all fall down”. The way Tyrone sings at the beginning of this track is reminiscent of wiL Francis, as his voice changes the track becomes more upbeat.
Final track ‘English Sky’ is the calmest of the tracks in question, but will still leave you wanting to wave your arms in the air like a crazed person.
Whatever you think of the dance infused rock, one thing you can’t deny is how catchy Invaders are. This EP will leave you wanting to hear more, whether you realise it or not. You can’t help but nod your head and move around. Maybe it’s time for people to broaden their horizons.
Written by Rhian Westbury