Rival Bones are are two man hard rock outfit from Liverpool made up of James Whitehouse on Guitar and Vocals and Chris Thomason on Drums. Today I’ll be reviewing their self-titled EP ‘Rival Bones’ which was released 5th May 2017, but keep your eye out for a review of something more recent from the Liverpool Duo soon.
‘Hives’ opens with a nice static, that gives way to a powerful blaring guitar, and some excellent vocals from James Whitehouse, he’s got a great voice that’s well suited to just letting go. The guitar sections on this track are really something else, I’ve been working all day before I sat down to do this, and those guitar sections really wake you up, they’ve got their own energy and drive to them and that permeates the entire track.
‘Marceline’ is much slower compared to the previous track, its very different and shows that Rival Bones can give you manic, crazy and full of energy but they can also slow it down and let you still feel it. Plus if you like a bit more drive and energy to your track, this one delivers throughout as well. Finding a nice balance between the two modes.
‘Want You Madly’ has my favourite intro of the EP, very real, very charged and it leads into something that really gets you moving, it’s also just overall my favourite song of the four tracks, I like the tune, the lyrics and I especially like the powerful vocals delivered throughout.
‘Running’ starts out with a nice little percussive piece that is built upon nicely by some chords and more consistently good vocals. For a track called ‘Running’ I expected more speed from this track, but it doesn’t rush, it’s actually really well paced and is an excellent closer for a strong EP.
So that’s what I thought of Rival Bones and their EP and if you want to check it out for yourself then go to their Bandcamp. And if you want to keep up to date with the band then follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
First Published on: https://offtherecordblog.org