This week I am going to be reviewing:
The Loners – What’s Next? EP
This is a band that found me first! The Loners followed me on Twitter a few weeks back and I thought to myself this can’t just be one person. So I took a look at their profile and it turns out they are an alternative grunge band. So I thought I would take a listen. When I first listened to this band they reminded of The Verve and I absolutely love them. So to find another band with the same vibes is awesome. I have been trying to find a The Verve type band for a long time and I am so glad they found me! I just really love the vibe these types of bands have. They are just so good.
The first song I listened to from this album was the first song from this album, called Placebo. I really love this song and its vibes and theme. It so chilled and yet so powerful at the same time. It’s the sort of song that you could dance all night long too and not get bored with it. Yet at the same time it’s a song you could sit down and listen to, to reflect on literally everything. The lyrics in the song talk about not wanting to be with a person anymore or having anything to do with them anymore. This is a really good subject for a song because they talk about wanting to change where they are and ‘be somewhere new’. Everyone feels this way at some point and that why people go on holiday. Escapism. Instrumentally this song is absolutely perfect. It’s got great guitar solo parts that seem to go on forever. They carry the whole song along like a wave. My favourite part of this song is around about 1:06 to 1:33 and this is when the guitar picks up and has a mind of its own. It’s so beautiful to listen to and flows perfectly into the song as if it was there the whole time.
The next song I fell in love with is Confluence/Into the Grey which is track 5 on this EP. The reason why I love this song is because it is literally two songs sewn together to make one. I really love that and I also love how the two songs have completely different vibes. Confluence has got a lot of strong guitar parts in it whereas Into the Grey has a slowed down and chilled out vibe too it. You would think that this wouldn’t work but it really does. It’s really good and finishes off the album very well. I couldn’t have picked a better song to go at the end of the album. When it comes down to the meaning of this song it’s about going through stages to try and find your piece of mind. So it starts out all chaotic then slowly all becomes clear as to what it means to have a piece of mind in this day in age. The instruments compliment this idea very well as they are all heavy to start with, then as they flow into the next song it’s all electronic and beachy and dreamy. This vibe is so chilled and just wraps up everything beautifully.
Overall this album fits its musical category of being alternative and grunge. It has literally everything in both those genres. From awesome guitar and drum solos, to mystical lyrics and dream like electronic sounds. I also think some of these songs sound a bit jazzy too which adds a bit of edginess to the album. It makes it seem more down to earth and real to listen to. I love some jazz. This album is The Loners debut EP and I honestly can’t wait for more of their music. It’s so chilled and yet grungy. It’s really clever how they have done this whole vibe and made it work for them and the style they are going for. I am looking forward to what the future holds for this band as they well and truly needed in your music collection.
Buy the album here: https://wearetheloners.bandcamp.com/releases
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