Do you like great music? If the answer is “Hell yes!” Then you need to take a listen to the UK’s own FADES right now. This is a high energy band that reminds me a lot of Queens Of The Stone Age and other great rock/punk infused bands. With their currently self-titled album set to be released in March, this is one of those albums to put on your to-buy-list.
Opening with their high energy and anthem-like track Breaking Through The Walls, the album starts off on the best note possible. The guitars are devious and grungy, the lyrics are and vocal line are awesomely catchy, and props go out to the methodical drumming and effective bass. This is already to be sold as a single and promoted heavily, great track that is guaranteed to hype you up.
I’ve Been Away Too Long is the track that dares to follow the visceral Breaking Through The Walls, and thankfully it does not disappoint at all. The song doesn’t slow down the pace already set by Breaking Through The Walls either. Two songs and already two single worthy tracks, not a bad start to a potentially great EP at all.
Before My Eyes does the slower and more emotional approach, which seems very appropriate for the high energy of the previous tracks. The vocals are suitable for the almost 80’s ballad sound at some points in the track, while most of the song is reminiscent of the alternative-rock genre of the 90’s. A catchy song, and although not my favorite track, it does deserve to be on the EP, despite it feeling like a different band altogether.
Dog On A Leash is a track that gets better the louder you turn up the volume. The song is a juggernaut of sound and progresses in a very exciting way, and it sounds more like the FADES than Before My Eyes did, which is very welcome.
Moving on throughout the EP, it is clear that FADES have all the markings of a great band. A lead singer with a unique voice and singing style, instantly catchy tracks with great musicianship, and slick production value. The UK has given us, time and time again, great music, and this is another great musical offering that you won’t want to miss.
Written By: Ryan Donnelly