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The Message and the Music – Bristol-based newcomers Syren City tackle theological inspiration on their debut EP … which Louder Than War’s Will Thomas reviews.
At 6pm on 16th Dec 2013 I sat down to write a review for Syren City’s first EP; it is now 8pm.
The EP is two songs long which both land at around the 3:30 mark. I’m gob-smacked. It’s loud, it’s well produced, the musicianship is tight, and it is all bound tightly with some clever, yet aggressive lyrics, with some nice little hooks!
The album also contains gang vocals, and gang is the optimum word. Syren City feel like a gang; the feeling of unity and trust and honesty is overwhelming. Both Fire In Your Name and Asphodel eke out a band comradery that increasingly seems a rare and profound quality to have in modern music. I’m not saying that every other band is in it for the money, just that this doesn’t come across here. However, I could be wrong. This could just be clever marketing, though I doubt this very much.
Fire In Your Name is written “from the perspective of someone who’s grown up within their walls and comes to see the error of their ways – in the breakdown we dubbed in a sermon of hate from Fred Phelps himself’, says frontman Simon Roach, whilst Asphodel ‘is my own interpretation of the Divine Comedy, about the poets journey through the Inferno and Purgatorio, making it to the edge of Paradiso and realising he regrets nothing of his sins so plunges himself back down, hence the ‘Soneme, I’m sorry for nothing’ chant at the end”.
So, I sit here 2 hours later, and begin to type. Could there be any more a pair of humbling, yet positive, and wonderfully morally fibrous songs to make your debut release with? I doubt it! Not that EP is soft – far from it! Turn it up to 11, and you’ll hear how much attitude that this band has!
This is fantastic debut EP to listen to and the tracks also appear on a collaborative EP with band, Koshiro, which was released 31/10/2013
Syren City are a band I will be keeping a watchful ear to the ground for, and hope to hear more from very soon.
Grab the EP for whatever you want from Syren City’s Bandcamp.