Alternative rock quintet Dead Reynolds are here with their second EP ‘Frontier’, which comes exactly a year following their debut EP, ‘Souls’, showcasing a style that’s reminiscent of the late 2000s/early 2010s British pop-punk scene that saw the likes of You Me At Six skyrocket.
‘Frontier’ swells with the kind of summery vibes that make you long for a time and a place that you can’t remember forgetting. ‘By Your Side’ kick starts the EP with a boost of nostalgic euphoria that welcomes you home with the strange familiarity of a new friend whom you feel you’ve known all of your life.
Although the EP stands at a teasingly short four tracks long, the band utilise that time to optimum effect. Rather than falling into the trap of performing four essentially identical songs, they pepper the pieces with an array of influences, evidencing their potential without straying too far from the overall tone.
The comedically named ‘PS (I Loathe You)’ evidences a heavier edge sandwiched between slices of light-heartedness as displayed in the opener. Meanwhile, ‘Bright Lights’ takes on the role of the more serious inclusion in the collection, featuring moments of hardcore vocals and guitars accompanied by whispers of grungy undertones.
The EP comes full circle with ‘Lines’, the climatic closer that recaptures the euphoric mood established at the start, solidifying it as the definitive ‘Frontier’ feeling.
This well crafted offering has provided a rich bed for Dead Reynolds to take root in. They’re confident and are seemingly sure of themselves, though not stubbornly so. The aforementioned moments of experimentation hint at the depths to be explored in a full-length, opening up plenty of avenues for the band to continue developing stylistically and inevitably flourish.
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