Fans will tell you that it’s been a long time coming but the much-delayed new album from Press to MECO is now finally upon us. Fresh off the back of signing with Marshall Records the trio will release ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’ on 30th March.
The album was originally recorded at the back end of 2016 following the success of the band’s debut GOOD INTENT but has been locked away in their musical vault until now. The first thing to say about this album, and I’m going to be straight up about it, is that this is a mighty good record. I must confess that I hadn’t really heard a great deal from the band before wrapping my ears around the album, but I’ve come out the other side very impressed.
After a short intro, things really kick off with single ‘Familiar Ground’. The band have previously gained plaudits for their use of vocal harmonies and they are very much in effect here. I’m a big fan of this track but the one thing that stops me really swinging from the rafters are the drums in the bridge. They just seem to clutter everything up, and it feels like there’s too much going on. However, that aside, it’s a brilliant opening tune.
Title track ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’ and ‘If All Your Parts Don’t Make A Whole’ are up next and deliver much of the same in fine style. And much the same is more than fine with me. The classic heavy rock riff that crunches through the title track is especially a highlight. It was made for the live arena and will no doubt be a crowd favourite for many years to come.
‘Skip The Crawl’ crashes onto the scene with all the subtlety of a Mike Tyson uppercut while the chorus sweeps you off your feet in a style Mr Darcy could only dream of. Everything that the band does well makes an appearance in this 3 minute and 55 second whirlwind, and the result is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the album. By contrast ‘A Place In It All’, to put it bluntly, does absolutely nothing for me. It feels like the band needed a token ballad and just threw this in. The song doesn’t really fit with the rest of the album and meanders around without doing a great deal. There are signs of life in the final third but it’s not enough to save it unfortunately.
Thankfully, however, that is the one and only real misstep on the album as normal guitar crunching service is resumed with ‘Howl’. There’s a killer heavier section at around 2/3rds distance which simply takes your face off and serves as a precursor for a slight switch in style for the rest of the record. ‘A Quick Fix’ is probably pound for pound the heaviest on show, while ‘Itchy Fingers’ once again demonstrates the tightrope that the band walks brilliantly. The riffs from Luke Caley crunch, and the rhythm section made up of Adam Roffey (Bass) and Lewis Williams (Drums) thunders, then from amongst the chaos a mega radio friendly chorus will emerge. To be able to incorporate all of those elements into a song without compromising any of them is a great skill to have and one that will stand the boys in good stead going forward.
The final 2 tracks on the album, ‘The Things That We Don’t Talk About’ and ‘White Knuckling’ just serve to consolidate everything that I have already said. Mainly that when Press to MECO hook things up they are a damn good band and then some. But for all of that, this review could have been so very different because on the first listen the album didn’t click at all. I liked the singles but other than that I didn’t get it, but with every listen I found more and more things that I liked. The choruses got catchier, the riffs got more infectious and the drums more concussive. ‘A Place In It All’ is really the only skippable track, but the rest of the album more than makes up for that.
The bottom line is this; ‘Here’s To The Fatigue’ was a long time coming, but is more than worth the wait.
Luke Caley – Vocals/guitar
Adam Roffey – Vocals/bass
Lewis Williams – Vocals/drums
Here’s To The Fatigue
If All Your Parts Don’t Make A Whole
Skip The Crawl
A Place In It All
A Quick Fix
The Things That We Don’t Talk About