Manchester alt rock quintet Leopards have taken their time following up their debut self-titled release from 2012, but at long last they’re back with a new EP, ‘Future || Fate || Forever’. This record will certainly help to establish the dominance that British female-fronted acts should have on the scene, with some impressive performances and genuine individual talent this quintet should be proud of.
Opening this record is powerful track ‘Save Yourself’, with some top-notch lead guitar work from Ben Corbett-Mills and a catchy chorus that crescendos to a final verse that sees frontwoman Jenna Clare pushing her vocals to be as strong as possible, pulling off a quality performance. This is similar to later track ‘Take Control’, which sees Rhys Gibson‘s drum work really shine through across this solid rock number.
This EP’s main highlight comes in the form of ‘Promise Me’ with hook-ridden chorus and another high octane performance from every member of Leopards. Changing the focus slightly on ‘Broken Family’, the band allow their impressive lyrical prowess to take focus and shine through, which works really well and shows another side of this band’s creativity.
Closing track, ‘April’, has a calmer instrumental induction, sounding similar to the new defunct WeCaughtTheCastle‘s work, and perhaps showing a new strong direction this band could take if this number is anything to go by.
‘Future || Fate || Forever’ is a strong and impressive record from Leopards, which has the potential to establish a solid foundation for this band to branch out from and win over more fans in the future. If they continue to produce work of this high quality and manage to find a way to set themselves apart from the masses, it shouldn’t be long before this Manchester five-piece are a prominent feature of the UK rock scene.
Written by Jonathon Barlow (@Narlow1)