Monday, 6 June 2016

REIGNING DAYS – EP REVIEW

Reigning Days – Reigning Days EP 
Reigning Days - Reigning Days EP


Release Date: Out Now

Right, listen up plebs. We’ve got something special here so pay good attention. South Devon trio Reigning Days have been honing, tightening and fine tuning their sound for a while now, taking their time to let all the flavours mix and bubble up until the pressure cooker is ready to explode with devastating effect. The result of that patience is this incendiary debut EP which opens with all the force of Royal Blood and twisted complexity of Biffy Clyro. ‘Empire’ is the track that is shouldered with the responsibility of carrying this opening off and it does it with precision – hypnotically swirling guitars, battleship sized drums and growling bass all join forces like some fucked up Power Rangers to give Godzilla a kick in the nuts so hard that he has to return to his lair for a good long think.

If that wasn’t enough, ‘Renegade’ follows hot on its heels with an intense looped riff and power chords in the chorus that hammer, hammer, hammer relentlessly like Band Of Skulls or Queens Of The Stone Age but with directness. On ‘Friendly Fire’, the trio take things to a slightly kookier, edgier place with a hint of Feeder at their very best or Them Crooked Vultures with a more British soul. As suddenly as this onslaught began it closes with ‘Crazy Horse’, a tune that channels the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian at their stadium pleasing peak with those piston-like drums pounding away industriously beneath the chiming guitars and sneering vocals. These guys are the real deal and are already getting booked for the biggest and best festivals in the UK but there is more, so much more, for these guys to achieve in the coming months and years. Reigning Days are a genuinely bright hope for British rock.


Live Dates:

11th June – Download Festival, Castle Donington
8th July – 2000 Trees, Cheltenham
31st July – Y Not Festival, Peak District

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