REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
‘Hope’ is the sophomore EP from Bristol post-hardcore outfit Everyday Sidekicks.
The quartet burst onto the scene nearly eighteen months ago with their debut release ‘The Things I’ve Seen’, which impressed many with its heavy, anthemic sound, taken from a diverse range of musical influences.
With this new five track offering, the band have decided to use the elements of that and enhance it on a monumental scale.
Just by listening to opener ‘Glass House’, it is clear that they have aimed big, with the song beginning with a flourish of ferocious intensity and aggression, which becomes a major part of the make-up of the EP, with guitar riffs and drum beats both being delivered at breakneck speed.
Coupled with the pulsating, energetic vocal delivery of frontman Archie Hatfield, it seems that the tracks have been tailor-made for the moshpit.
However, with penultimate song ‘Lacuna’, the four-piece show just how flexible they can be with their music.
An almost two minute instrumental, the track differs from the rest of the output by utilising a sound that is gentler and more melodic.
It proves that the band can comfortably venture into other musical stylings, and manage to pull it off well, without it disrupting the rhythm of the rest of the EP.
Another thing Everyday Sidekicks pull off with success is with the diverse lyrical content, which deal with matters ranging from heartbreak to the state of the current world, all connected by a central theme of hope, for example, ‘Glass House’ concerns not having a choice in losing somebody close to you, whereas lead single ‘Fracture’ will appeal to those bemoaning the current state of the mainstream music industry, with Hatfield attacking those who prioritise artists and outfits who have good looks and more marketing potential over musicians who don’t necessarily have those attributes, but have an abundance of talent.
‘Hope’ is a substantial sounding offering that acts more effectively as a showcase for the band’s talents, and represents a real step up for them. The EP should also have a wide appeal, both for their current fan base, who enjoyed listening to their debut, and anybody who is just discovering them.
TOP TRACK: ‘Fracture’