Every year I've been participating in Record Store Day in Birmingham, queuing as early as possible outside Ignite and then popping over to Swordfish to see what they have left over from the early risers - it's always been a successful way of doing it but I've always wondered what it's like at other places. So this year I popped over to Leamington and into Seismic Records, I've been there a fair few times and it's a brilliant little record store that takes Record Store Day to the max, ordering in a tonne of stock for us vinyl heads. I always wanted to visit a place that put their stock out on the shelves rather than giving them a list and they pick your stuff out from behind the counter - I didn't get everything on my list this year though but I did get most of it.
Sam Fender - Play God
Sam Fender really is the man of the moment isn't he, blowing up big time at the moment, all we need is a solo album from the indie rock maestro. I first heard this single on the Fifa soundtrack and it's some beautiful work, and the B-Side of "Hypersonic Missiles" live is truly wonderful, really whet my appetite for seeing him next month.
Peter Doherty & The Putra Madres - Who's Been Having You Over?
Pete Doherty is a strange one isn't he, if he's not crafting off unusually large breakfasts he's making some proper tunes. This new single from his upcoming album is wonderful though and on luscious transparent pink vinyl it was hard to search past it without picking it up for the collection.
Declan McKenna - Regurgitated
We've waited so long for new Declan McKenna music that even things that aren't really new are incredibly enticing. This beautiful 10" picture disc is a fine addition to my collection, and even though it's a picture disc it's a great pressing even though they sound nothing like Declan McKenna.
Chase & Status - No More Idols
Words can't describe how much I used to listen to this album when I was a teenager, and I think it's still held up really well with the growth of grime and deep house hitting the mainstream, both of which have places in this album. This being it's first ever time on vinyl made it a must-have for me (Even if it wasn't on my list and I impulse bought it)
Sleeper - Live at The Ritz
Britpop legends Sleeper getting back together was great news for me, I've always been a fan of them. Picking up this live ep from one of their first return shows was a must and it contains some great renditions of the new songs alongside 2 fan favourites on blue vinyl as well!
Our Girl - Live at St Pancras Old Church
Our Girl are one of the best performers I've ever seen, providing so much more to their tracks when they perform them live, leaving it all on stage with their unique version of grunge mixed with indie rock and so much more as well. This comes across perfectly in this phenomenal live album, pressed so beautifully with warmth in abundance. This was my number one must-have and now I'm so glad I have it.
The Charlatans - Us & Us Only
One of their more underrated albums with one of the greatest openers of all time in "Forever" and it continues in the same respect throughout. And now it's finally got a repress on clear vinyl for RSD and it sounds just as great as ever.
The Charlatans - Everything Changed
The second charlatans release on RSD and arguably the greatest value RSD release ever. FIFTEEN!! 7 inch singles in a box set for the tender price of £75 - I challenge anyone to go out there and buy 15 new singles for less than that - especially ones of the quality of this phenomenally wonderous box set - the perfect set for a night in!
IDLES - Meat / Meta EP
Another record that is seeing it's first ever release on vinyl, and I challenge you to find anyone who didn't want this on the day - luckily for everyone who wanted it they printed a tonne of them so no one missed out. I haven't had chance to listen to it yet but I can assure you it's one of the better releases on the day - I'm excited to listen to the remixes on the Meta EP as well...
U2 - The Europa EP
This is actually what I picked up for my Dad on the day, but I'm definitely going to be stealing it to give it a listen at some point because I'm interested to hear the new rendition of "New Years Day" and the version of Charlie Chaplin's The Dictator speech they've done on their most recent tour - love the cover as well.
And if you're wondering the two records I missed out on - Lost In Translation OST and Morrissey's Love To Be. I'm not shocked to miss out on the Lost In Translation soundtrack, but I did really want it. I am, however, incredibly shocked to miss out on the Morrissey release - I wasn't expecting it to be that much of an issue when getting there at 6am!
Insanely underrated Brummy singer-songwriter Bryony Williams has returned with a new single, following the release of her incredibly complex and wistful EP 'Conscious' I've been looking forward to more releases from her.
'Silhouette' immediately hits your ears with some very dark guitars, haunting in many ways. They match Bryony's tone for the song perfectly as she holds back on letting her voice free for a lower, dreamier style much akin to something Thom Yorke may adopt on Radiohead's darker songs. There's some very clear inspiration from Marika Hackman and Anna Calvi on this track, reminding me sometimes of Anna Calvi's smash 2018 album 'The Hunter' and Marika's early singles.
The main drawback for this song in my opinion is that the song feels as though it is cascading towards something big - much akin to the likes of what Foals treated us to with 'Sunday' earlier this year. The guitars that become more echoed and distorted to build this are beautiful in their own right but a pay off would have been appreciated. Nonetheless, I'd like t see that build up stretched out live and really focused on - that would be immense.
It's very rare that you'll ever get such an established, talented and all-round beautiful songwriter releasing their debut solo single at such a stage. Josienne Clarke's collaborations have elevated her to a certain level but she now steps out on her own and to be perfectly candid, she's shining brighter than ever.
On 'Things I Didn't Need' Josienne is so hauntingly angelic that you feel as though you're sucked into her world, feeling what she feels. As though you're some sort of impersonating body snatcher, it's so wonderfully poetic and yet heartbreaking at the same time. The acoustic guitar takes a backseat in the track in place for Josienne's wonderful voice to pull the song through and it ultimately elevates it to easily become one of the folk songs of the year.
B Side 'Season And Time' is just as beautiful, creating a world that is represented as being so beautiful but she's just running out of "notes" to describe her feelings for her love and it's so beautifully told it's almost self-insulting for her to refer to music as "singing is just talking to a tune" and ultimately that is how personal these songs feel to the listener, as if Josienne is speaking directly to them, telling her own personal tale in, sometimes, a hauntingly dark way. It's truly wonderful.
If you missed my last post on Record Store Day then check that out HERE Sam Fender - Play God
Sam Fender is arguably the most talented artist on the rise right now, he's built a fan base so quickly that he's only released an EP and he's selling out some pretty size-y venues. "Play God" isn't on that EP but it is a pretty huge single which if you check out his others you'll soon understand his meteoric rise. This 7-inch is a must own for me.
Lost In Translation - OST
I watched this film when I was probably too young to ever understand it, but watching it years later made me really love it, a soundtrack that should have won an award on top of that makes it all the more special. There's some incredible bands on here from My Bloody Valentine to Patti Smith. Although the cover may cause some of the omnipresent perverts to impulse buy, but hopefully they steer clear.
Elastica - BBC Sessions
The greatest band that never had chance to be great. Only ever releasing one album means that they have a perfect discography but it also means that we have been starved of Elastica since the 90's until this compilation of their BBC sessions is set to be released on vinyl on RSD - a must for any Elastica fan.
Japan - Life In Tokyo
Japan are a band I've only discovered in the last year or so but I've come to really love their uniqueness mixed along with some really obscure samples. This 10" contains the album version and extended alternate version of the single Life In Tokyo and it is a must have for those Japan fans out there.
Slowthai - Doorman
Slowthai melts genres together like no other and his tune "Doorman" seems to meld punk and grime more than any other and it does it incredibly well, probably due to grime being anti-establishment in its origins anyway so the messages can combine. Picking this up on 12" would be one hell of a cop on RSD.
Blancmange - Livin' On The Ceiling
Classic tunes being released on RSD over and over always leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but Blancmange's Livin' on The Ceiling is so damn good that picking this up on 12" almost seems a must. I think it may have been remastered as well which means that
Ian Brown - From Chaos To Harmony
The monkey man himself returned this year with a new album, whilst it hasn't set the world alight I think there was some moments of genius on there and this tune right here was atop the pile, with a few jabs at The Stone Roses here and there to knock it down a peg or two but this double 7" is a must for any of you madferit britpop fans out there.
Gorillaz - The Fall
Everyone loves Gorillaz don't they? Whilst The Fall may be one of their worse albums but there's still some great tracks on here. And considering this hasn't been pressed in a fair few years it may be nice to pick this up on some coloured vinyl.
Morrissey - Lover To Be
I'm really glad I never bought the deluxe version of Low In High School because this was one of the unreleased tracks that made me nearly buy it. On Record Store Day though we're going to be getting this plus another unreleased track on 7" which is only ever good. I'm really looking forward to picking this up!
The Kooks - Live at Moth Club
I saw The Kooks on their greatest hits tour and they were phenomenal, lead singer Luke Pritchard is one of the greatest performers I've ever seen. My main issue with a live album from them is that this comes after their horrendous last album and it's probably going to be filled with those tracks, but if it contains just some of the energy that they had when I saw them then this will be a great album.
Foals are back! Finally! With their fifth album coming a fair few years after What Went Down. With the three singles we've heard already and the, quite frankly, beautiful album cover this clearly promised to be a very special era for Foals and fans of the band alike.
The album opens with the riveting "Moonlight" and it shines down upon the album like a ray of moonlight as it sets the dark, dreary undertone for the album - this is a common theme throughout the entire album as the band deal with the dear state of the world and what constantly feels like an impending doom and as the album builds and cascades it never shakes the dread.
FOALS - Exits [Official Music Video] - YouTube
"Syrups" is the only song on the album where I felt as though it dragged on too long and at a mere 4 minutes that's never good. The problem with the song is that it brings the building climax down a notch and makes it just drag out. I feel as though "Syrups" should have been placed earlier in the tracklist as well to match the overblown dread that takes place in the first half of the album.
Also, the second half of "Sunday" where the whole song builds into a pulsating techno-esque anthem with lead singer, Yannis Phillippakis, hauntingly chanting repeatedly "The birds are singing, it's the end of the world" - it feels like this should be the end of the album but it then moves into "I'm Done With The World" which is a more acoustic number which brings out the true nature of Yannis' voice.
Foals - On The Luna [Official Video] - YouTube
Overall, this album is as dark as I'd hoped it would be - this is a true progression of Foals' sound and it's a big two fingers to other bands who disappear for years and then return with underwhelming albums. Aside from "Syrups" sitting in the middle of the album this is nigh on perfect with only a few little missteps and misfires here and there.
Alternative has reached a real peak in the ten's - we've even seen the likes of Lorde tap into it on her second album. But it's the bubbling underground that still continues to create the most entertaining, definitive and thought-provoking music. Self Esteem consists of Rebecca Taylor (formerly of Slow Club) and this is her debut album as part of her solo venture which was produced by Django Django's Dave McLean.
The production on this album is phenomenal, the cascading differences between the songs flow so well that it creates a whole project rather than a collection of potential singles, which is always the danger with pop music. Compliments Please deals with the aftermath of a break up and all of the things that Taylor goes through with those emotions, from her revelations that the mother of her ex always hated her to the acquaintances she makes after the break up to deal with it.
Self Esteem - The Best - YouTube
Sometimes Rebecca attempts to use auto tune, presumably as an artistic effect but most of the time it just falls flat - I feel that it's a trope that has been overused so much by now that I'm sick of it. Not to mention that at times the album takes a weird pace change, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, I am particularly a fan of the interludes though which break up the pace nicely and although this is only 40-odd minutes long it does start to feel longer in places.
But where this album really comes into its own is the raw, visceral and upfront lyrics and singing - Rebecca Taylor's pure, unadulterated honesty with her lyrics makes this album all that much more personal and, in places, beautiful. During songs such as "In Time" and "Steady I Stand" she really puts a lot of the other alternative pop artists to shame and builds a world around the songs.
This year's list has been a massive disappointment but also a huge relief on my wallet. The commercialization of the day seems to be reaching its final stages as there is SEVEN Fall albums on the list along with the omnipresent Bowie, Stones and Pink Floyd. But there are some gems in there as listed below, let me know what you're planning on getting.
The Charlatans - Us & Us Only
This has been long out of print now, and to see it getting a re-release on the day on transparent vinyl only means that my Charlatans collection is getting ever closer to completion. With tracks such as "Forever" and "Impossible" I recommend you give this a listen.
Pete Doherty - Who's Been Having You Over
Pete Doherty returned lately with his band The Putra Madres and released a phenomenal piece of work in this single, it maintains that London swagger that has always enticed people into his music whilst recapturing some of his boyish charm, make sure to look into this before RSD!
Chase & Status - No More Idols
The album that defined my teenage years, this rarely was off the sound waves during my time at college and the singles from it just seemed to be everywhere. From what I've seen this is going to be a bit price-y on the day so it may drop off my list but I'll hopefully pick it up at some point.
IDLES - Meat
This is probably going to be the toughest record to get on the day, having never been released on vinyl then it's no surprise that one of Britains fastest growing bands would have a big seller on RSD. The Meat EP is a phenomenal piece of work and it's easy to see how it propelled them into making the great piece of work that is Brutalism.
Steve Lamacq - Lost Alternatives
There's something about Steve Lamacq that I've never liked, I'm just not sure why but I'll be damned if I don't respect the impact that he's had on the music industry, there are so many bands in such good places right now thanks to this man so when he makes an album full of lost 90's gems then you stop and listen and there are some cracking listens on here. A must for any fan of 1990's indie, alternative or rock.
Our Girl - Live At St Pancras Church
I've seen Our Girl live 5 or 6 times now, and to say they are nothing short of mesmerising when tearing up the stage is an understatement. I know I bang on about them a lot on here but that's just because of how special they really are, so to see them release a live album for RSD means that this is going to get up at 5am on the day - let's just pray I get a copy.
U2 - The Europa EP
This seems like a really interesting release, aside from the cover being very very appealing, the music on the A-side is what U2 started their Innocence + Experience tour with, a monologue lifted straight from Charlie Chaplin's 'The Dictator' with some very loud, blaring riffs to get you right in the mood, the sort of thing I can imagine blasting before hopping into a boxing ring - a must for any U2 fan.
Breaking Bad - OST
If Breaking Bad isn't the greatest show of all time then it's definitely in the top 1. And the soundtrack that spread its wings across all those wonderful series was nothing short of heaven most of the time, especially as the show was nearing it's bittersweet climax. This may be a bit pricey and I can only imagine that the studio will press the soundtrack to one of the most popular shows of all time again.
Gaz Coombes - Live In Paris
ANOTHER LIVE ALBUM?!?! I can hear the cries now, but let's be honest, 90% of releases this year are live albums so what choice do I really have? But if you're going to pick up a live album then look no further than the insanely talented Gaz Coombes who can produce a variety of sounds live when he's just by himself, and although I've never heard him live with a band around him, this could be the best way to do that.
The Charlatans - Everything Changed
Everything Changed when I saw this box set, the first 15, yes FIFTEEN! singles released by The Charlatans whilst they were signed to Beggars Banquet, and arguably their golden era, especially commercially as the band released huge tunes such as "The Only One I Know" and "Jesus Hairdo" alongside other bangers such as "Can't Get Out of Bed" - this is a must have for any Charlatans fan although it will probably set you back a fair few pennies.
Echo Beach! are an upcoming band from Birmingham who recently released their debut single "She". That song was an astounding triumph in pop-rock with undertones of something heavier trying to breakthrough. And with that track so close to breaking 50K streams on Spotify alone then it seems apt time to release their follow up single.
The immediate thing I noticed with "Hopeless" is how they've taken inspiration from The Pretenders with the driving guitars alongside lead singer, Paige Janey's, very distinct and unique voice. And with those guitars it's nice to hear a bit of a heavier sound that was rightfully missing on "She". And within just 3 minutes of track time you can hear the reason why Echo Beach! are gaining such a vast following in and around the West Midlands.
And whilst I do feel that they need better production on their tracks to even out the mixing, I can't help but be phenomenally impressed by the fact this is only their second ever releases. So if you're in or around Birmingham then make sure to check these out live at some point in the near future.
I don't think it's any secret that I'm a huge fan and supporter of live music. There's a strange sense of camaraderie amongst a group of people in a large venue who all love the music that is played before them, but there's nothing better than going to see bands at your local independent venue, I'm quite lucky that my home in Leicester has The Cookie, Dryden Street Social, The Musician, The Shed and The Firebug all dotted throughout the city, and whilst I'm away at University in Birmingham I have The Sunflower Lounge, The Actress & Bishop. The Flapper. The Hare & Hounds and probably a few more I've never even heard of. It's important to support these venues and get down there to support the up and coming talent that graces their stages nearly every night of the week. With that said, let me give you some pointers to who you absolutely should see live.
I saw October Drift in early 2018 at the Dryden Street Social in Leicester, they were breathtakingly good. Playing all of their top tunes with such energy and aura that it was genuinely hard to take your eyes off the stage. And the gig just got even better when lead vocalist, Kiran Roy, began climbing around the venue whilst singing - which I feel is a talent more vocalists should have.
There's not much more to say about The Blinders than what has already been said, their rise over the past few years has been nothing short of astronomical and if you go and see them live you'll see why in the space of about an hour, as their set carousels around their debut album, Columbia, through songs that just have no right being this good. Coupled with the aesthetic and the attitude of the band you have one of the best bands of this generation, jump on the bandwagon now!
Going to see IDLES is not like any other gig, it's like visiting a religious ceremony and there's just no other way of describing it. The 5 piece post punk band have been non-stop touring and releasing unforgettable music for years now and when you go their gigs and see the crowd hanging on frontman, Joe Talbot's, every word you realise that being an IDLES is being part of something bigger than yourself, it's a magical feeling attending their gigs.
Releasing my album of the year for 2018 probably guarantees you a place on this list anyway, but just in case it was ever in doubt you should probably get yourself a ticket to see this unbeatable 3 piece live. They are just as alluring and fantastic live as they are on record with frontwoman, Soph Nathan's, vocals really leading the charge and it just brings Stranger Today to life all that much more, I can't wait to see them again.
Up and coming Birmingham band, Echo Beach! are a band I've only seen once which is a damn shame because when I caught their set at Oxjam Brum last year it was clear from the very first note that they were destined for something special. Since then they've released their debut single "She" which is just the ultimate toe tapper, the perfect build up to a phenomenal anthem. Catch them live before they make it big so you can brag to your friends about how you saw them in a 50 capacity venue... Definitely not something I'd ever do...
After waiting for what felt like an eternity, Estrons released their debut album last year and it finally gave them a back catalogue to produce a much longer set. And if you think their music is good on tape then wait until you see them live, with the added charisma and intensity of frontwoman, Tali, I guarantee you'll find yourself in a room full of people with emotional connections to the songs being performed on stage as they are so raw and emotional. Truly majestic.
Let's be honest here, Songs of Praise is one of the greatest albums you'll ever hear with huge post-punk tunes to get your teeth into, and seeing them in the flesh only brings them to life with an excessive amount of charisma the band blast through the tunes thanks to the powerful presence of Charlie Steen commanding the crowd to his every whim. It's just as much fun to watch from the sides to also get involved in.
Spilt Milk Society
I feel like I blabber on about Spilly Milk all the time on here, but that's only because of how much I really want them to get to where they deserve to be. Frontman Harry Handford is quite possibly one of the most talented songwriters in the whole industry with songs such as "Backseat" and "Amsterdam" being way too efficiently produced and perfect to be from a band that aren't playing arenas. If Spilt Milk Society are near you on their next tour then you better get your ass down there.
Cabbage are one of my favourite live bands, with 2 albums worth of material to stab at now and a die hard following you can't help but feel they're going to be playing some bigger venues on their next tour. Over the 4 times that I've seen them they've produced some mind blowingly good sets and always switch up the setlist to leave you guessing which is such a welcome thing in live music. And with 2 frontmen aswell you're just getting your moneys worth.
I'm not sure where Otherkin are at the moment, they've been off the grid for a while so hopefully they're working on their second album. These Irish alt-rockers produced a brilliant self-titled debut album and have one of the most energetic, loud and technically perfect live shows I've ever witnessed. With driving guitars and proper sing-along tunes there is just no possible way you couldn't have fun at one of their gigs. When they make their way near your city be sure to drop in to catch their set, you won't regret it.
So here it is, my top albums of the (last) year. 2018 was a great year for the music industry with pop music hitting the road with all 4 wheels and punk making a huge comeback, probably due to the incredibly dire state of the world.
10. Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
This album didn't actually make the top 10 until I listened to it a few days ago and really appreciated it for the work of art that it is. One of the most under appreciated albums of the year, how it wasn't up for the Mercury Prize baffles me. The 2 women from Norwich have made one of the greatest explorations of love, the mind and life and that's not even taking into account the lyrics, I wish I'd had my epiphany sooner. Also, if you get chance go and see them live, it really is a spectacle!
9. The Magic Gang - S/T
I got into The Magic Gang quite late really, but I'm really glad I did because their indie-rock mixed with some American surf-rock vibes is just as great as it sounds. And whilst they aren't producing party bangers this album contains some of the catchiest tunes I've heard all year with tracks such as "All This Way" and "Oh Saki" being personal highlights alongside the fantastic "Jasmine". There's not a single bad song on this album!
8. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
It's not quite what they hyped it up to be is it? I'm sure if you spoke to Matt Healy he'd tell you this is the most important album of the last decade, but in reality it's just a slightly experimental pop album with some career defining bangers. Songs such as "Love It If We Made It" and "Give Yourself A Try" have some of the most innovative, jaw-droppingly great production I've ever heard along with Matt Healy using his charisma to good use. But there's some filler here which kills the album... this really could have been number 1...
7. The Blinders - Columbia
Oh Blinders. I was hoping this album this album would sit higher up my list but 8th isn't shabby at all. Whilst we'd heard the bulk of the album in singles released prior I still think there's a lot more juiciness in the album and potentially a few more singles. And whilst Blinders are perfect in their post-punk-face-painted glory it's the last track "Salmon of Alaska" that really captivated me and made this album feel like it was special in so many ways, and fine tuning the album into a concept album of sorts was a genius move!
6. Boy Azooga - 1, 2, Kung-Fu
I've been following Boy Azooga for what feels like an eternity now but in fact it's only been just over a year and in that time they've gone from making it impossible to find their music online to a debut album and sold out shows up and down the country. And there's a reason for this, it's because their music is pure bliss. Tracks such as "Breakfast Epiphany" and "Waitin" only whet your appetite for huge stormers "Face Behind Her Cigarette" and "Loner Boogie", this album is a mind trip across a full soundscape. And if you get chance go and see them live because they truly are brilliant!
5. Christine & The Queens - Chris
I can't say I was the biggest of Chaleur Humaine, I felt like it kept slowing the pace down for no reason. So when "Doesn't Matter" was released my interest was reignited and this ended up being one of my most anticipated releases of the year. It far exceeded my expectation with an hour of what can only be described as a pop extravaganza that explored issues with love, identity and loss whilst maintaining a theme throughout.
4. Slaves - Acts of Fear and Love
Slaves make your favourite band look boring. Slaves are the single greatest double act of all time and I'm not going to debate that with anyone because it's fact. Now on their third album there's a deeper sense of maturity amongst the duo from Kent and a greater knack for creating more meaningful and thoughtful songs. "Photo Opportunity" could possibly be the most beautiful and yet sparse song of the year, with a constant wait running through the song waiting for it to kick in and whilst it does get heavier Laurie and Isaac hold back on this one and instead unleash their all into tracks like "Bugs" and "The Lives They Wish They Had". A much more refined and musically superior album from Slaves. They even created their own dance for christs sake, it's like the other bands aren't even trying.
3. IDLES - Joy As An Act Of Resistance
IDLES are undoubtedly one of the most important bands of our generation, their fist album was good but this is bloody glorious. Throughout the course of it's tracklist "Joy As An Act of Resistance" deals with toxic masculinity, mental health and... men with perms. But in all seriousness I saw IDLES on their last tour and it was genuinely like witnessing a sermon, a sweaty one with lots of mosh pits though. A personal favourite is "Colossus" but I think that's just because I'm a sucker for a song that builds up and then crashes in itself and just goes mental.
2. Shame - Songs of Praise
Any other year and this would have been sitting pretty at numero uno, but it's going to have to settle for second. Post-punk has made a glorious comeback in the last few years and us listeners are reaping the rewards, with Shame we get one of the most energetic, charismatic and talented bands I've ever witnessed. Songs of Praise contains in it a group of songs to go mental and punch each other to, with tracks such as "Tasteless" and "One Rizla" being the most accessible amongst the track list but the band really come into their own on tracks such as "Angie" and "Concrete". This is as beautiful and rough as post-punk can get and I'm living for it.
1. Our Girl - Stranger Today
And here it is, my album of the year. Ultimately, this is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. Soph Nathan's guitar playing is awe inspiring to say the least on songs such as "Two Life" and "Boring" and the driving bass of Josh Tyler pushes the songs forward to surround them in such a way that is truly unmatched. And all of this is captivated with the drumming of Lauren Wilson who also shines on "Two Life" (Which you can probably tell is my favourite song on the album). This album just makes me want to jump around with it's grunge-like guitars at times and Soph Nathan's incredibly melodic and yet, at times, heavy vocals. The fact that this is only their debut album blows my mind.