EP: The Hiding Place – EP2

Release Date: August 31st, 2011
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wearethehidingplace

Rating:

With the indie/alt rock scene in the UK continuing to thrive, thanks in no small measure to the runaway success of bands such as Biffy Clyro, of course it becomes more difficult to find up-and-coming outfits with the potential to compete with the heavy hitters. Pleasingly, Stoke’s The Hiding Place look on the evidence of their second EP to have the musical scope and raw emotion to really make a substantial impact.

What is most impressive here is the range of ideas that the band manage to convey in their songs, yet at the same time retaining a melodious edge and an underlying accessible flavour. Opener ‘Snaketown’ for example swings back and forth from melodic octave melodies to violent chord stabs, all held together by a series of soaring vocal hooks, whilst ‘Pay No Attention’ marries some subdued verses with some driving guitar work, before a crushing crescendo, replete with some truly vicious screaming, brings the release to a close.

It’s all stirring stuff, and displays the band’s willingness and ability to incorporate the type of unrefined passion rarely seen in this genre. Vocalist Dominic Webber does much to generate this emotional force, as his impassioned delivery, whilst not always technically perfect, contains a commendable amount of both sincerity and skill.

The Hiding Place have shown themselves to be an exciting prospect. With songs both instrumentally proficient and undeniably tuneful, all that remains is for the band to build a live reputation to match their recorded output, and their popularity cannot fail to snowball.

Written by Tony Bliss

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