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The Gospel Youth – Empires | EP Review

Brighton pop rockers The Gospel Youth have returned from the success of their debut EP with brand new release Empires, and it’s nothing but good news.

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Brighton pop rockers The Gospel Youth have returned from the success of their debut EP with brand new release Empires, and it’s nothing but good news. Their latest EP builds on the upbeat pop-rock sound of their first release, but has the watertight and strong sound of a far more established band.

Admittedly, their pop-rock sound is hardly original and is hugely reminiscent of early You Me At Six or Lower Than Atlantis but their raw emotion and clear direction shines past this. They provide flawless youth filled pop rock ready for crowded stage, and that can be all you need.

Title track Empires’ makes clear the bands intentions. What you get is a dare-you-not-to-dance addictive pop rock track held together by impeccable drums and catchy lyrics – “I’m finding my feet now and I’m trying to get out. This drive and cool angst is mirrored in track ‘Lighting Fires’ which is littered with sing-backs and ardent lyrics that show The Gospel Youth’s deep-rooted passion for conveying some meaning in their songs. This is a little band with dreams for a big stage.

Lyrically and vocally, this EP has a lot to offer. The sweet lovelorn anthem that is ‘Homesick’ beautifully shows off lead singer Sam Little’s flawless vocals- forceful and soft in equal measures- as well as the band’s powerful lyricism. The track’s sentimental summer-ready sound is sweetly nostalgic with a strong hook – “I’ll be coming back to you”.

Things breakdown and become deeply affected in track ‘If She’s The Rope’, a slow and melancholy story of a broken heart. The broken-down strummed guitar and enveloping eloquent lyrics would get lighters in the air at any gig, and starkly show the bands deeper side.

If originality is what you’re looking for this EP isn’t for you. But if you’re after stage-ready tunes filled with inspiring youthful energy then you’ve come to the right place. Empires is downright enjoyable music, and you won’t be able to resist tapping your foot just a little when these tracks come on. If this is how they sound just two EPs into their career, then we can expect some good music to come.

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