ME are a band from Melbourne who seem to be everywhere: you open a copy of NME and they’re there in the new bands section. They’re even gracing the pages of the Guardian, which isn’t a surprise when many people have compared them to Queen. Kerrang! have even described them as “essentially Queen if every single member was Freddie Mercury“. This band have spent the last six months supporting an array of bands, ranging from Kasabian to Evanescence and Panic! At The Disco; quite a diverse collection of fanbases.
This EP encompasses the psychedelic sound of the 60s with the vocals bringing a Freddie Mercury-esque quality evident through all the tracks. Opener ‘Naked’ has a power rock feel to it which allows Luke Ferris to show off his voice along with Damian Tapley pulling off his best Brain May impression as the song edges to its end. Simply put, this song is heavy orchestrated rock masterpiece which has been given a West End Musical make over – think a combination of an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Led Zepplin hybrid and you may get an idea of this band’s sound.
‘Dutch Medicine’ slows down the feel of the EP, and leaves you in a trance like laid back state as soon as the first bars ring through your ears. The vocals swirl overhead, creating a thick atmosphere on this track and is a welcome break to the heavy orchestral sound of the earlier and latter tracks.
The EP ends on ‘Another Story High’, full of high energy and catchy guitar riffs, and it’s this track which draws on another similarity of Ferris‘ voice: Justin Hawkins. Now, imagine Hawkins in a psychedelic rock band who would be the perfect soundtrack to a mid morning meditation programme at Glastonbury – this is the picture the band seem to emanate.
Some may say that this band have over the top orchestration and harmonies, but it really just adds to the feel and enjoyment of the band. So, if your ears are seeking something new and exciting, then give this band a chance.
Written by Rhian Westbury