Those of us on the #FOTN team are no strangers (every pun intended) to musical co-operative We Came As Strangers, whose music has featured both on our #FreshFaves, and ‘GuestBlog’ spots; you can read the 10/10 review of their album ‘Eyedom’ here.
Released earlier in August 2015, ‘Eyedom’ widely received huge critical acclaim, and it is testament to the bands sheer class, unerring ability, and adeptly skilled musicianship, that they have once again been able to produce yet another finely honed masterpiece.
Citing Massive Attack and Portishead as influences, it is clear that WCAS have the nous, ability and above all, working experience, to both create, and produce, music in a similar well oiled vein. Well crafted, strong melody lines, sung with apposite subtlety, nuance or evocative power, laid over the most exquisite, technically intricate instrumental performances, are the reason ‘Eyedom’ has received such a groundswell of media support.
Having released ‘Still Life’ as the lead single earlier in the Summer, WCAS are now ready to unfurl a second track, in the shape of ‘Adrenaline‘. Perfectly positioned at a point of tension on the album, it’s a bit of a coiled spring this one; a timely counter-point to the quietude of the first two tracks. All previous restraint shown by Sandercoe, now gets thrown out the window – foot on the throttle, melodrama ready, steady, here we (or they) go.
Rocky, edgy, loud, there is plenty of adrenaline in the guitar playing to give weight to the name. Ellem too, throws some serious weight behind her vocal, giving way to a spirited maybe even defiant, performance.
Adrenaline is a thumping ‘rock’ track that fully exemplifies WCAS’ creative strength and musical skills ‘par excellence’. Justin Sandercoe let’s rip with some seriously scorching guitar sequences that could take pride of place on any classic rock album. But being a master of your trade means knowing when to let go, and, when to hold back, and during a brief interlude of perfect synchronicity, both he and Ellem take their foot off the pedal, to stunning effect! When matched with athletic drumming, and well executed, cleverly composed synth n string sections, the overall effect is an energetic, pulsating, blood pumping, rocket launcher of a song.
If rock guitar, melodramatic instrumentals and meaty vocals are your thing, Adrenaline is for you.
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‘Adrenaline’ will be released Friday 9th October and you can listen to it here …
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