EP Review: Beyond Recall – The Mixtape EP

Beyond Recall
The Mixtape EP
Release Date: 31st August 2015

Bristol trio Beyond Recall may only be early on in their life as a band but they have already made plenty of waves throughout the UK and over the world over the past 12 months. Their previous single ‘Up Up!’ and a cover of Flo Rida’s ‘Low’ have both clocked up 71,000 views collectively while the band have been touring relentlessly all over the UK gaining a good fan base with their energetic live shows.

The three piece are now released their debut EP ‘The Mixtape’ which sees their catchy, pop punk sounds and heavier influences come together in what is a great first release into the world.

The EP opens strongly with ‘Start Game’ and its dramatic sounds, almost Eastern in origin. They add a quick tempo and something slightly unique, they are quickly joined by much heavier sounds; pounding drums, crashing cymbals, deep chugging guitars and huge screaming vocals that command your attention, No sooner has the track started, it abruptly finishes leaving you eager for more.

That next tracks is ‘Haters’ feat. Arthur Walwin, again this one is in your face from the off with enormous moments from the guitar riffs and the hard hit drums. The combination of higher pitched screams and the authoritative tone from Walwin becomes complimentary when telling this story laced with malice. The fast tempo and synth notes sit in the background creating a catchy edge to go along with the danceable drum rhythms.

As I said when I reviewed their single ‘Almost’ back in August, it is a heavy yet catchy one from the very first notes. Chugging guitars meet pounding drums but there is still an infectious, pop punk rhythm and harmony throughout especially in choruses that will see people dancing along. The vocals mix harmony, rapping and screaming which makes for a unique take on vocal delivery. It is a great track that shows plenty of promise from a band early in their musical career.

Oscillating, building synths take us into ‘Long Live Liberation’ which has a slightly old school Enter Shikari feel. That soon dissolves as strings layered in the background give us a grand feel adding to the drama of the start-stop guitar riffs which are drenched in metal influences. The vocals flit from shouty to sing-song harmonies and those prominent screams found throughout the majority of this EP.

We finish on the band’s previous single ‘Up Up!’ and the track that kick started their huge success online. With a strong start of gigantic chugging guitar, heavy thudding drums and menacing hushed vocals there is no wonder this has captured the attention of so many. When the track kicks in, we gain a fast pace from percussion and vocal delivery where word after word, line after line mesh into one. There is more singing and less screaming in the choruses giving it the chance to become a sing along moment live while rhythms and melodies make you want to dance. The addition of a building middle-eight will give the crowd a much needed rest-bite before crashing back in with a big ending to this track and the EP as a whole.

You can check out the EP below:

To find out more about Beyond Recall visit their website, their Facebook page, their Soundcloud page, their YouTube channel or you can follow them on Twitter – @BeyondRecall

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