I've never written a review on a Sunday morning whilst still wearing my dressing gown before. Today is the day.
Brighton post-hardcore/progressive/math-rock act, Shrine, are not a Sunday morning band. They're more of a Friday afternoon band. I kind of wish it was Friday afternoon right now.
This is the band's debut E.P. and opening track, 'Saviour' is full of wonderful ideas which are beautifully moulded together, like a supermodel driving a tank. Maybe. Lots of influences including Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age and Yourcodenameis:Milo can be heard within the track and this is good. This is my favourite track on the E.P.
Track two, 'Say You Will' conjures up Deftones with its melodic and slow build before launching into heartpulling, screamo vocals and uppercutting guitars and drums. The equivalent of a nightingale building a skyscraper before launching off the top of the building in a jetplane. This is my favourite track on the E.P.
E.P. closer, and title track, 'Closer To The Sun' smacks you across the chops from the off then drops into the closest you'll get to a rock lullaby before smacking you in the chops again. Cheeky buggers. The track times in at almost seven minutes in length but feels like it's all over in about two minutes. Cracking stuff. This is my favourite track on the E.P.
The signs (and the word on the street) are that, this time next year, Shrine are going to be big. Real big. So get this on your shopping list now and let your mates know you're way cooler than they are.
Footnote: Halfway through listening to the E.P. I realise I'm fist-punching the floor and I've lost my dressing gown. Shrine can expect to be billed for my losses.