Bristolian three-piece Blank Atlas have been busy since the release of their debut EP, ‘Solitude’. Devoting their time to touring extensively, the alternative rockers have played shows alongside the likes of Dream State, Allusondrugs, Fatherson, Anavae, and Max Raptor to name but a few.
They’ve now returned with their sophomore five track EP, ‘Canvas’, introducing a change in their musical direction.
‘Sing For Something’ does a very good job of showcasing the band’s sound. With an opening guitar riff that immediately brings Arcane Roots to mind and the ear-pleasingly blended use of falsetto adding a ‘Signals’ era Mallory Knox vibe to the track, it does well to fall safely into the alternative rock genre.
The song becomes far more enticing and diverse however at the middle 8, wherein Dan Thould‘s grit driven vocal delivery intertwines perfectly with the discorded instrumental before dropping into the breakdown. The staccato riffs and instrumental technicality do well to hint towards the band’s more math rock inspirations and create an interesting diversity.
Their more pop-rock leaning and softer side comes along in ‘Borrowed Time’. The beautifully harmonised choruses, the opening drum rudiments, and driving bass on the verses give this track an almost Blink-182 inspired feel, feeling similar to tracks such as ‘Left Alone’ from their 2016 album, ‘California’.
Still, opener ‘I Was Told This Is How Wars Start’ really highlights the band’s aim to move in a heavier direction with this EP. From the opening riff to the delivery of the call-and-response vocals on the second verse, it’s clear that Blank Atlas are pushing their sound in a heavier direction, and, if they can continue to incorporate their math rock inspirations into the mix, they should be onto something special.