Don’t be confused in thinking that Lastelle are just yet another Underoath wannabe band when you pop their new EP ‘Delicate’ on, because the temptation to do so is certainly there when first diving into this new release.
The first two songs, ‘Distant Bodies’ and ‘Only Apathy’, unmistakably have a lot of elements from your favourite 2000s emo/post-hardcore bands webbed into them, but once ‘Coping Without A Cure’ fully kicks off, it’s clear that Lastelle are much more than that.
Not only is the subject of the lyrics a rather unconventional choice, as that of a person dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer and the effects that the disease has on them and the people around them, but a special shout out goes to drummer and vocalist, Mike Hayden, who carries an exceptional amount of emotion and weight in his voice.
Much of the same intensity comes back up in the next song, ‘Departure’, which deals with losing a loved one and the heightened sense of your own mortality that comes with it. It’s hard not to start thinking of Atreyu once the chorus kicks in, but Lastelle still manage to hold their own with this tune that’s fit to be played in arenas.
Instrumental interlude ‘Reverie’ seems like an odd choice as the penultimate track on offer here, and it almost feels like this is what ‘Delicate’ should’ve started with instead, smoothly then kicking things off with ‘A Letter Unread’. Or, maybe it was intended to construct it in a way to listen to the EP on a loop. Either way, Lastelle have big things ahead of them, so watch out.