We have been following the Liverpool Hard Rock/Post-Hardcore outfit Furian for a while now. So we welcome their stunning new EP.
“We Aren’t Who We Are” will be available from the 6th February 2015 (details below) – we had an early listen:
Track One roars in: “I Told You So” has a riff that has more divisive power and angry tenacity than a blind blood-python looking for his lunch.
This song has surprises lurking in every corner. It is a very special composition.
Although the vocalization startled us at first — it came on so boldly — there are quieter and twinklier moments too. The guitars are often ornate and thickly pasted, creating a wonderfully enigmatic composition.
‘Highly Strung’ has that promise of hardcore-punk (but by now we should know that Furian Aren’t Who We Think They Are) – so although this stomps like a bedraggled monster from a swamp… Don’t be surprised to find that there is lightness and the sweetness of angelica here too.
From those interrogative guitars that alarm and disjoint (Joe Strode) — to drums (Damien Campbell) that fizz and foam like dry sulfur in a bucket — this is a super-heated discharge of raw emotion. The supporting vocals also provide a lighter touch. A very accomplished track.
‘Remember Me’ is a grand science-fair outing. With patches of light and simpering voice — perhaps it is not as imposing as the other tracks.
‘Look At Me Now’ dashes and darts around your mind.
The drums are jazzy & probing — the elasticated bass (Abhi Tee) will help to elevate your pressured mind to fever pitch. Then you will be head-banging along to that that squeaking riff and singing aloud: “Figure this one out….”
The EP ends with the slow-feel number ‘Forever’ and that wonderfully weavealicious wave of guitars that gradually ratchet up the power as the drums continue their unhurried flurrying.
The voice here is really delicious. This song is a perfect altar upon which front-man Dan can deliver the goods. This haunting ballad is a thing of great and magnificent beauty.
Exciting hard-rock with a touch of hardcore — full of emotional depth, well-placed hyperbole and defiant spirit.
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©
The EP is available from the 6th February 2015 at www.furian.co.uk through the band’s online store (for physical copy) or iTunes for digital download.