Slowyear is an alternative band from London, England. I had never listened to them before, so when they described themselves as emo/progressive rock, similar to that of Balance and Composure, Thrice, and Brand New, I was excited to check it out.
Right away, the vocals remind me of the ultra-catchy now defunct Tonight Is Goodbye, who also hailed from the same area. The first track “Stella Artois” shows the band has a lot to offer, ranging from clean vocals to “screamier” vocals as well as some awesome drum work near the end.
“Doors” is a standout. It has a nice hook in it yet remains to be a pretty hard song. I also love the little riff they sprinkled in there. Things slow down with the simple “Dice”, a song that is carried by the lead guitar. I’m not sure if a Thursday comparison would be accurate here, but I get those vibes.
The final song, “Baby Arms”, reminds me of something you’d find on the new Transit album. The guitar shines through yet again. I know this EP is only four songs, but I’ve heard enough where I’d love to see what these guys could create on a full length album.
In the end, these guys won’t be for everybody. The vocals are a lot to get used to, but if you’re into any form of alternative rock, you should at least give them a shot.
Listen to the EP on Bandcamp: http://slowyear.bandcamp.com/