Published on November 15th, 2017 | by voxx0
Of Allies – Album Launch Party
11/11/2017 @ FRüIT, Hull
Tonight sees the release of the long anticipated first album from local favourites, Of Allies. FRüIT is fit to burst with friends, fans and supporters clamouring to be the first to hear the new tracks. The line-up is a strong one, paving the way nicely to the main event.
Bloodhound is a local three-piece grunge rock outfit, mashing together the best bits of 90’s grunge with blues, stoner rock and punk. They really come into their own as the songs open up into some grooving, funking, Hendrix-esque blues rock. Think Queens of the Stone Age during their later phases (Era Vulgaris), when they went back to the rip roaring basics. Damn good stuff!
Next, Delta Vega claim the stage – swinging, pulsing guitars and bass pierce over thunderous drums as anthemic hard and garage rock ricochets around the room. Full of character and subtly diverse in sound, this could the setlist from a Josh Homme Desert Session. Punky at times they seem to effortlessly switch between sleazy indie sounds, grunge, blues rock and sing-along 70’s stadium rock. Highly enjoyable; the energy they produce is infectious.
Years Young are quickly gathering high praise and critical acclaim and it’s easy to see and, more importantly, hear why. Somewhere between Biffy Clyro and the darker moments of the Foo Fighters back catalogue, Years Young defy genre tropes, set more intently on channelling pure emotion into their material. As a live band they sound amazing; highly polished, measured but not so much that is overshadows the true intent of the artistry. Years Young have a lot to offer and it’s hard to put into words just how good they are.
Of Allies take to the stage and the anticipation is electric. You can feel the static build as the intro track plays; the floor rumbles as we are taken headlong into the new record. The guys are playing the whole album in full from start to finish and it is absolutely superb. The sound is a progression of the previous massively popular EPs and shows an exploration of all the best bits. The slow brooding arpeggiated verses sound deeper, the anthemic choruses bigger than ever, the riffs flowing, heavy. The best bits are so many to number and detail. I love the slow, dark sounds but was really impressed with the heavier, thrashier rock verging on metal material – fast, heavy, powerful, awesome.
The thing I like about Of Allies is the multi layering to the sound. It’s almost post rock in its approach when the visceral sing-along choruses or delicate verses end and the songs open up to a heavy riff of immense soundscapes. This is where the songs really come into their own – it’s not to devalue the rest, but to highlight something commonly overlooked that Of Allies really do exceptionally well.
The album is out now and well worth your attention – Christmas has most definitely come early!
- Words by Luke Goodhand | Photography by Rowan Zynoni