Never A Hero are one of those bands that cater for every rock fan. Being the sort to listen to indie more than anything else, I was a bit sceptical to press play upon seeing their unusual punk image with the addition of masks. However, it was a pleasant surprise to hear the Suffolk five-piece making my low-end Macbook speakers sound a little less low-end.
Ok, so maybe ‘Socially Awkward’ could have opened with a little more power, but when you take into account it’s their first EP, it’s not all that bad. ‘Too Little Too Late’ sets the ball rolling with plenty of raw energy and more catchiness than a common cold yet the vocal work would have benefitted from added dynamism.
Any doubts are immediately erased in the following track as ‘From Heroes To Angels’ is truly a masterpiece in it’s own unique way. Combining clear influences of Hollywood Undead with vocals which are unusually reminiscent of The Midnight Beast in the verses, the track unexpectedly works incredibly well. Choruses are always intended to be the strongest part of any song yet Never a Hero take that to a new level with ‘From Heroes To Angels’. Just when you think it can’t get any better the chorus leaves you playing the contagious rhythm over and over again in your head for days.
'Trippin' On Speed' does exactly what it says on the tin. Your brain will be turned to mush within precisely four minutes and five seconds of it's crazy riffs and upbeat rhythm, plunging you into a musical high. This is followed by the hasty and bass heavy 'Say No More' which is a strong penultimate track to the EP.
The opening to ‘Diaries From Rehab’ provides a strong electronica basis to the track which is clearly the most experimental on the release. It is slightly more light on it’s feet than the other four tracks but this makes a refreshing change which keeps you completely and utterly entranced by Never A Hero’s unbelievable songwriting abilities.
Three years after their formation, things are looking promising for the newly-signed rap/rock outfit and they are definitely one to watch. Even though ‘Socially Awkward’ was released just one year after their formation in 2009, it’s brilliance is beyond question. Just think what they can do two years on from it’s release date.
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