The immediate power and energy of the band set the Rock juices flowing with the opening track “High”, which demonstrates the control and vigour of the instrument-playing and frontman Andy’s impressive vocals, which at times sound Daltrey-esque through to a lilt towards Paul Rogers on other occasions. It’s easy to imagine the second track, “Small Town Anthem” being the bands stadium encore which has a perfect beat to get the audience on full throttle. The pace quickens further with a high impact track titled “Massive Antics” which demonstrates great technical ability and enables the listener to foot-tap like its going out of fashion. While many “indie” bands fall into the trap of trying to blast every note on every track, Ashes are a band who can lower the volume when required, and enable them to get the songs storyline across without any noticeable dip in quality as shown in the final two tracks titled “More Lines Than I Deserve” and “10,000 Satellites”. Whilst the band has obvious influences, they still create something unique and fresh throughout an EP which can mix it with the best Rock bands around. My advice is to listen to the EP and catch the band “live” and you will soon realise that this is a band that are the complete package.
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