WHISKEY LIES - Nothing In Our Way (EP)

MARIA GLOVER

 

WHISKEY LIES are a hard-rock band from South Wales, formed late 2012, who already have one EP to their name and have released their second EP, 'Nothing in Our Way'. The guys have been gigging around the UK in pubs, clubs and other local venues delivering soaring riffs and melodic vocals to the masses, and have been shown support by BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Wales. The group are made up of Chris Morris on Vocals and Guitar, Kyle Reid on Bass, Chris Jones on Guitar/Backing Vocals and Ryan Glenton on Drums.

 

The EP begins with the 6-minute long new single 'What's Going On', which supplies me with a hard-rock rush from the onset. There are elements of down and dirty southern rock in the guitar intro, which I love, and Morris has an alluring tone, altogether melodic and saturnine, delivering a tortured, passionate vocal. I was a massive Oasis fan in the day, and Morris's inflection reminds me of late-Oasis Liam Gallagher, especially in the chorus, a band who probably played a big part in shaping their audience's older siblings' formative years (not parents, I'm not that old). The song is long but well-structured and exhilarating throughout, including an epic guitar solo which displays GnR/Velvet Revolver Slash influences - wow! This is one of those songs where you realise that every single hair on your arms and the back of your neck is standing on end. And the band look so young and green; don't underestimate them. Already decided I need the EP.

 

'Still Want More' is full of lush harmonies and poignant lyrics and continues with the Slash-style licks and fretwork, with another phenomenal solo. Melodies that seep into your brain and a keen drum beat, along with that skyrocketing guitar, mean this track is ready to be your workout soundtrack, and you will work HARD my friend. 'Come Home With Me' is an alt-rock shaped banger, in which new ingots of joy are discovered with each subsequent listen. Morris has a great melody but can also deliver raw and fierce, and his rough-around-the-edges voice perfectly portrays the power of the music. This guy may be my new vocal-crush! 'Nothing In Our Way' is a crazily-catchy song with a slightly different texture in both music and vocal. This is music to dance to and get lost in the moment, a perfect treasure of riffs and melodies, high energy-enthused and practically glowing with swagger, "Take my hand and hold on tight…"

 

The EP is tight, melodic and has a youthful dynamic that suggests great potential. It's fun, serious, boisterous, gritty - all the things a great rock soundtrack should be. The sound is both fresh and timeless, ambitious and accomplished; this doesn't sound like the second EP of a bunch of young lads from Bridgend but more seasoned performers. There is so much rock greatness out there right now, and I'm looking forward to seeing more from these guys. Best song on the EP for me is the title track ‘Nothing In Our Way’.

 

Ideal for fans of GnR, Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters, Stone Broken.

 

8/10

 

Tracklist:

What's Going On

Still Want More

Come Home With Me

Nothing In Our Way

Band members:

Chris Morris - Vocals/Guitar

Kyle Reid - Bass

Chris Jones - Guitar/Backing Vocals

Ryan Glenton - Drums

 

Links:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyliesuk

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Whiskeylies1

Bandcamp - https://whiskeylies1.bandcamp.com/

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