With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
Calgary's debut EP 'Fight Fire With Fire' is a bright, warming collection of indie pop songs.
With comparisons to Hellogoodbye and John Mayer, the four tracks showcase a band with pop sensibilities and plenty of potential to breakthrough. We caught up with the band to find out more.
Returning with their first album in six years, 'Balancing' sees Hertfordshire’s The October Game showcase dynamic growth and versatility with a brooding undertone throughout. Already Heard recently spoke to Luke Williams and Nick Kozuch to discuss the album in
more detail; the writing process, its various packages, and working with Scylla Records.
It has been over two years since The Motel Life released their début album but now with new EP ‘Those Bruises,’ they are back to infect a wider audience with their melodic pop-punk sound.
The EP opens with ‘House.’ The song starts delicately, with sombre and enticing vocals in the style of Fun. before exploding into a joyous crescendo of feedback and catchy guitar hooks. It is a bold and enjoyable way to start. Next is ‘Doctor’s Note’ is another slice of bass-led pop-punk that again emulates a sound similar to Fun. or Motion City Soundtrack. The Motel Life clearly have big ambitions with their sound that the songs back up those ambitions.
‘Bruises’ is a slower, ballad-esque song of love and hurt. It bears the scars of past relationships and has the sorrowful and spiteful edge of ‘Almost Here’ era The Academy Is… and is a highlight of the EP. Mike Escanuelas sounds like William Beckett too, a powerful voice with authority but also an air of sexiness about it.
‘Just Leave’ also shares certain characteristics with The Academy Is… as the intricate and interloping guitar riffs meander astride each other as dazzling vocals weave their way through the song.The narrative unfolds perfectly in line with the music and it certainly makes this a highlight of the EP.
Closer ‘Cold Hands’ returns to the balladry of ‘Bruises’ and proves a fitting way for the album to fade out in a melee of angst. ‘Those Bruises’ proves to be a well-rounded EP but also leaves the listener wanting more.
Overall, this is an enjoyable return from The Motel Life. Each song is distinct and well-crafted. Most songs stand up to repeated listens with some remaining firmly lodged in your mind for a long while after. A must listen for fans of clever and emotional pop-punk and worth checking out for others. I await the full-length eagerly!
'Those Bruises' by The Motel Life is available now as a free download on Bandcamp.
Words by Tom White