Memory Lane EP – England Road
Although relative newcomers to the Southampton scene, England Road have picked up a following many more seasoned bands could only dream of. Tender of age but certainly not of ambition, this three track debut shows that the early promise shown during their live shows can be backed up when it comes to writing and recording.
Fight For Your Life displays all the hallmarks of an indie anthem but, whilst hinting at the obligatory Oasis influences, the whole thing is ramped up and delivered with far more attitude than the Gallagher brothers have mustered in nigh on a decade. Delivered with reckless abandon, Fight For Your Life is a thundering rock n roll track that distils the groups love of both indie and rock music into a fist pumping crowd pleaser.
Continuing the breakneck pace but with a far more emotional theme You Chose Your Fate shows the band can couple lyrical sentiment with memorable tunes but without resorting to histrionics and schmaltz. The inspiration for the song is weighty and difficult but handled with a maturity you may not expect from those so young, celebrating triumph rather than defeat.
Final track Memory Lane lends its name to the EP and is already a live fan favourite. Clearly the band love music, absorbing influences from across the indie and rock genres but they are already savvy enough to be able to use these to start creating their own sound rather than just imitate their peers.
England Road’s Memory Lane EP is a heady mix of youthful vigour and energy coupled with a surprisingly mature song writing flare. These
songs have been honed live and captured perfectly in the studio to form a debut release to be proud of, well done lads.
You can find out more about England Road HERE.