EP Review: 'Volume 1' by Rain

EP Review: 'Volume 1' by Rain

Newcastle three-piece Rain have released their debut EP ‘Volume 1’ featuring three simple but effective pieces of classic indie rock which, hopefully, will be the first chapter of many…

Opening track ‘You Used To Say’ clearly shows that these guys are not messing around.
They give us raw indie rock from the very first second with strong riffs, drums to die for and vocals that perfectly match the overall vibe of teenage rebellion.
It really is a timeless concept. Rain’s music is not about sounding pretty, it’s authentic.
A couple of imperfections here and there give the song character and their sound a fresh and honest touch. 

‘Let Me Free’ confirms this first impression.
This track invites you to move, or at least nod along. It’s a mosh pit waiting to happen and you can practically see the crowd jumping into action as soon as the chorus kicks in.
What works to the band’s advantage is that the lyrics are easy to remember, so perfect for a new audience to sing along to live or in their bedroom.
This song sounds like the personification of a small dark venue packed to the brim. It sounds like beer and sweat in the best possible way. 

‘Across the Dim Line’ closes the EP.
The opening guitar riff reminds me of Another Sky, one of my all-time favourite bands, so I’m already a fan from the offset.
It’s the most melodic track of the three, and its arrangement gives lead singer Patrick a little more room to shine and show off his vocal abilities. If I can make a request for future projects: I’d like to hear some more high notes however. 

Overall, ‘Volume 1’ is a great debut for Rain and shows that these guys are making moves and not just small ones.
At only 16 (!) they still have plenty of time to refine their sound and there are much older artists out there who wish they could make simple indie rock sound this good. 

Consider me impressed! I’m definitely looking forward to the inevitable ‘Volume 2’.

You can witness Rain launch this awesome EP at Independent in Sunderland on Saturday the 15th of June alongside Lovejoy and Lang Wild, more info here.

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