Review: Everyday Heroes - 'Everyday Heroes'.
A hard rocking four-piece hailing from the South Wales valleys, Everyday Heroes have built up a solid local fan base through extensive gigging, recently graduating to the bigger stage when they opened the Steelhouse Festival after a ‘battle of the bands’ win at the legendary Fuel Rock club in Cardiff. The guys may be still in their teens and early twenties, but their sound belies their youth, oozing quality and maturity.
This four track E.P., their debut release, is steeped firmly in the classic / heavy rock feel of bands like Black Stone Cherry and Guns N Roses, with even a hint of a wide-eyed Ricky Warwick in his Almighty greasy, sleazy heyday. With songs well-written and structured, and with a production from Jeff Rose of Dub War fame, it’s a set of tracks that are sleek, but not to the point of losing any edginess or impact.
Opening track ‘Honey’ kicks things off, with an absolute barnstormer of a riff held together solidly by bass player Lewis ‘Chunk’ Watkins and drummer Jay Haines. Main man Luke Phillips handles both vocal and lead guitar duties with ease, and his voice is very pleasing on the listeners’ ear. Hot on its heels is ‘Beauty Queen’, which begins with more sterling Haines drumming, before a chugging riff pins the listener to the back of their seat. A catchy chorus and superb musicianship makes this a stand out track.
It’s followed by something of a let-down in ‘Better Off’, which is a mid-paced plodder that begins with some aimless strumming before mercifully being saved by another infectious vocal line and a riff that lifts the track to another level thanks to some clever dynamics.
The closing ‘Delilah’ closes the E.P. on an up tempo note, with a riff that draws the listener in. Some tasteful soloing from Phillips, and more rock solid performances from the rest of the band (not forgetting Daniel Richards on rhythm guitar) leaves the listener gasping for more from Everyday Heroes.
Overall, it’s a fine effort, and a sterling introduction which is full of promise for the valley boys. Keep a close eye on Everyday Heroes.
By Lee Kendrick on 13th September 2016.
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