EP Review: Chain the Phoenix's 'Stories From A Lonely Cynic'
After featuring them on not one but two of our Spotlight Presents... gigs it's safe to say I've been following the band's exploits closely since discovering them at the beginning of the year. Over the past few months, this North East five piece have been relentlessly honing their craft with ever more prestigious live shows and festival appearances, resulting in an ever growing following across the region.
But now, Chain the Phoenix have reached a new milestone in their musical careers by releasing their first EP 'Stories From a Lonely Cynic' and I couldn’t wait to give it a listen...
For their EP the punk rock upstarts have brought together songs that equate to a well executed middle finger to all the wrong-uns in their lives, and the result is a series of satisfying singalongs that are as catchy as they are brutal and liberating.
Stand out track 'Chelsie' is a perfect example of the experience, with the cathartic release of belting out "Fuck You" being an exercise in both learning to confront our demons and give them a swift kick up the backside as we see them off.
Much like their live performances, the vocals provided by Jess drive each song forward with an impressive range befitting its huge choruses, while the guitar riffs and crashing drums provide the perfect backdrop in the form of catchy pop-punk vibes and heavier stylings.
With its themes remaining grounded throughout, the EP never fails to be relatable, whether it's the drudgery of our 9 to 5 lives or the emotional and physical scars left behind by those who have left their mark on our lives.
While expertly mixed, 'Stories From a Lonely Cynic' has a raw, hectic feel to it.
This works to its advantage as well as its detriment however as all real punk should never feel over saturated and over produced.
All in all, the EP is an excellent jumping off point for what will no doubt be a promising and long lived journey, and I can’t wait to see where they take us next!