Friday, 12 August 2016

Review: Landmarks 'In Spite Of It All'

It’s fair to say that being in a band has its highs and lows. But to quote every motivational speech from an average action film since the 1970’s – it’s how you come back from the lows that really matters. For Manchester’s Landmarks a disastrous low came when the band were nearing the completion of the recording process for this EP. The studio that the quartet recorded in was broken into, twice. The process left Landmarks not just distraught but also determined to release this EP through adversity and thus the title – ‘In Spite Of It All’.

The EP itself sits in a room of melancholy atmosphere with the vocals often seeming to oppose the generally up-beat alt rock sound that encapsulates a large portion of the EP, which brings a level of dynamism that truly makes ‘In Spite Of It All’ rather unique.

‘Translucent’, ‘Cutting Strings’ and ‘Friend Of Mine’ all feature this juxtaposition but with the added spice of hooks, big choruses and in terms of the two latter; an even bigger climax. While in all honesty the three tracks don’t do a whole lot to differentiate themselves from each other, at the same time nor do they feel like a chore or even slightly repetitive, more like a stamp of quality and ability.

Both ‘Clarity’ and ‘Limb From Limb’ are where the EP diverts from its alt rock stance and offers something diverse, but no less interesting. With the former being a more aggressive track with plenty of bite and poignancy and ‘Limb From Limb’ being a more delicate, sombre affair which sits just shy of 2 minutes long but fills every second with heaps of emotion.

Are Landmarks the finished article? Not quite. Do they need to be the finished article at this point? Absolutely not. ‘In Spite Of It All’ comes across as a talented band making a good, solid EP. The quartet are continuing to grow and are a band that if not on everyone’s radar right now could very well be in the near future.

Score: 7/10 

Twitter: @Landmarksband

Review by Kristian Pugh

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