Manchester pop-rockers, No One Sun, return with a new EP. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.
No One Sun have been quiet since the release of their All We Rely On Is Stolen album earlier this year and the Bogota EP is a welcome return.
Still singing in their typically North Western accent, the boys present honest, rock-pop which is easy to listen to if not slightly safe. The sound of their album is still apparent with likenesses to the Manic Street Preachers, (but don’t let that deter you) and they still produce songs that are catchy and memorable.
After the short opener, an out-take from a Canadian Radio interview, the EP officially starts with Head And Volleys. Tales of ‘jumpers for goalposts’ and a happy-go-lucky youth with great rolling drums and meteoric guitar sounds complementing a chorus which is easy to connect with.
Someone Help Me Out Tonight is full steam ahead with a driving bass line that’s infectious and powerful. Again, there’s a catchy hook and is a decent enough sound but you can’t help thinking that there is more to the band. They write good songs and perform them confidently and professionally, but they maybe need to offer something slightly different to give them the edge in a world of a million male guitar bands.
More effective is Good To Meet You, the highlight of the EP. No One Sun have a full sound, often relentless which is appealing. The power of the instruments isn’t lost in any over-production and the sound is honest and indicates that they may be an exciting proposition on the live circuit. I Like This repeats the formula with yet another infectious chorus and strapline re-enforcing the bands strength.
The haunting and provoking EP closer, Colder, is a stark departure from the cheery tones of the previous efforts as it tackles the often taboo subject of cancer. To be fair, it’s done with tact and doesn’t sound contrived in any way. The track builds nicely with some nice string effects and added vocals which helps lift the song to a climatic end.
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