Wires
Shadows EP


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
April 9th, 2012 | 15 replies | 4,298 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At its most forceful, an EP which promises much.

UK outfit Wires have the sort of name that can get you lost way out in cyberspace, so it's a good job their trembling alt-rock announces itself more dramatically. Indeed, 3-track Shadows is at its most invigorating when it finds the same melodic-chaotic balance as was nailed by Beggars-era Thrice; in these moments, Wires home in on a momentum that is really quite special. True, "Whispers" relies too much on a mildly unnerving atmosphere which never really spills over into anything beyond intrigue; true, when Shadows is quiet it's at least unassuming. But in the louder moments - which rely on the builds to pay off properly - it plays out with something of a swagger, an aggression which sounds both confident and considered.

Beggars is a reasonable touchstone, in fact, for Shadows - the two records share their attachment to groove-tinged rhythms rather than a true loss of inhibition, but excel when they find their upper gears. Here, the focus shifts towards a soundscape which incorporates gang vocals rather than electronics, but the general aesthetic remains of minor chords and atmosphere, carried off by a sincere vocalist and in-tune musicians. Granted, there are gaps to fill in the lyrics, which lack edge, and the dynamism, which disappears at points, but on the whole, Shadows bodes well for the potential of a band which walk the line between tranquil and frantic well.



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Knott-
Emeritus
April 9th 2012



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yah you never heard of this but it's pretty great.

http://open.spotify.com/album/5ekyJRiY5mvNushZ1sbPoU if you have Spotify.

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2012



15887 Comments


I checked this out and I liked it. Probably give it a a few more spins before rating.

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paxman
April 9th 2012



4084 Comments


"Indeed, 3-track Shadows is at its most invigorating when it finds the same melodic-chaotic balance as was nailed by Beggars-era Thrice..."

The remainder of the review is irrelevant to me after reading this.

Captain North
April 10th 2012



6779 Comments


^this, cos beggars was thrice's worst

TooLateToGoBack
April 10th 2012



1753 Comments


I loved Beggars.

Also, that album cover is gorgeous. Will give this a listen.

TheJackal
April 10th 2012



1005 Comments


sounds pretty good so far...

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2012



21582 Comments


HOLY FUCKING SHORT REVIEW

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Knott-
Emeritus
April 10th 2012



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The EP is three tracks long..

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2012



21582 Comments


this is sputnik, waffle on for an extra two paragraphs about the guitar tone or something

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012



10011 Comments


I think that's like four sentences...

Very well-written though :]

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PuddlesPuddles
April 10th 2012



4767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice, I have to dig up the first EP

Waior
April 11th 2012



11425 Comments


know these guys eh, nigh played a show alongside em

cool stuff, wires

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2012



6366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

His voice is a bit annoying, but this is pretty cool

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Waior
July 21st 2012



11425 Comments


now i did play a show with them

sound guys

redrig
September 20th 2012



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still enjoy this EP.



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