In an age where social media updates are constant and bands are willing to talk about all aspects of their music, it’s refreshing to see a new band coat themselves in mystique. Shrouded in mystery, Guillotine, are letting their music do the talking. Since emerging late last year after a curious campaign emphasising their message of “we’ll be ok here”, the quartet have been causing the stir with their brand of emotional alt-rock. Now their debut EP, ‘Sapphire’, has finally arrived, we can paint an intriguing picture of what Guillotine are all about.
‘Butterflies’ opens proceedings with calming guitars before giving way to stiff drum work and impassioned vocals. “I was already drifting away because you left me here like an old dog in the rain,” proclaims Guillotine’s vocalist. Add a groove-laden bassline and driving guitars, and you’re left with a positive start.
The title track follows and still sounds as thrilling as when it arrived last Autumn. The combination of winding guitars, confessional lyrics and its overall build leaves you hooked. By the time the unknown singer screams “it’s inside of me” alongside bombastic drums, you’re sure to be convinced that the remainder of the EP won’t disappoint.
Admittedly, Guillotine’s style firmly fits in the box of “sounds like Brand New”. ‘Yellowknife’ eases along at a lethargic pace, playing off the expected quiet-loud-louder dynamic. While closing track ‘Christmas’ drifts in before exploding with ringing percussion, stirring guitars and more emotional-releasing vocals. It’s a familiar formula, but is as effective as ever. Elsewhere, ‘Goodbye’ hints at a more upbeat and loose approach with sonic guitars and pounding drums dominating towards its conclusion.
For a debut EP, Guillotine have provided a consistent set that leaves you wanting more. They’re a worthy addition to the growing pool of “sad” UK bands, as the clear emotional lyrical weight adds a compelling element.
This is only just the beginning for Guillotine and the story of who they are.
‘Sapphire’ EP by Guillotine is released on 24th February on Failure By Design Records.
Words by Sêan Reid (@SeanReid86)