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Treason Kings new Ep

 

Treason Kings are a alt-rock band from Leeds and are currently making waves in Leeds music scene, having only really been on the scene for a few years since 2013. The band is made up of Harry Scott on lead vocals and guitar, Sam Wood on backing vocals and guitar, Matt Levy on bass and Rob Carruthers hitting the skins on drums.

They released their self-produced AA side single Your Soul and have also done many relentless lve performances; including appearances at Kendal Calling, Leeds and Reading Festival and have just finished a UK tour supporting L7.

The ‘Vale EP’ was released on October 28th and was unusually recorded with a vintage Neve console, with masters at the helm who have worked with Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and U2. It is a five track EP offering of big tunes, infectious energy and vocals inspired by the likes of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. All are around the three minute barrier, and to me that is a perfect time limit for this genre of music – in my opinion, if the tracks were any longer, the massive slab of energy delivered with each one would be diminished slightly.

‘Vale EP’ piles straight onto the sound system with the almighty anthem Circles, the currently solo single from this EP which also has a video on YouTube (link below). The vocals have a slight punk influence to them in my opinion, with a hammering riff overlaid with melodic bass and drums.

The energy of raw live shows has definitely been captured with ‘Vale’, which was one of the task set out by the band to achieve, and I would wholeheartedly confirm that they have succeeded with this.

The pace slows slightly with Castle, starting with a funky guitar groove which waves throughout the song – Harry Scott’s stunning vocals expertly intertwining with it. The guitar hammers all through the song, straight into your skull like a railroad spike.

We then head full pelt into Mouth to Mouth which continues the high energy delivery of this release, having more of a vibe that reminds me of the oft-forgotten Lit. The vocals are melodic, and again the instruments sound stunning, getting the foot jamming as it winds and dances through the three minute epic – this is one of my favourite tracks on the album.

Settle Down is an off-kilter tune that winds down the mad vibe of the EP, signifying the climatic penultimate track of this energetic offering. Once again, Harry’s vocals are on form and really add to the atmosphere of all the tracks of this release. Final track I Won’t Go delivers a hard blow to the skull to finish this release off, with violent guitars and a quick pulsating beat.

‘Vale EP’ is a solid offering from the Leeds-based four-piece, and really encapsulates what the band is all about, and successfully displays what they set out to do. The EP is available for digital download on their website at http://www.treasonkings.com/ and I strongly recommend you check out this thoroughly unapologetic alt-rock band – I bet you will like it.

Niki Flynn

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