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NINETEEN FIFTY EIGHT – ‘Dark Blue’ EP Review

NINETEEN FIFTY EIGHT – Dark Blue

nineteen-fifty-eightSwansea-based alternative rock band Nineteen Fifty Eight have announced that they have signed to Transcend Music and will release their new EP Dark Blue on 19th May 2017.

We are a bit partial to Welsh music here at punkonline.co.uk from the superb Icons of Filth to the Super Furry Animals & Catatonia. In fact, Nineteen Fifty Eight vocalist Ceryn Evans reminds me a little of Cerys Matthews of the latter band.

Opening with the title track, Dark Blue, the band showcase a confidence and maturity that suggests that they could be the next real big thing to emerge from the region. With strong melody, distinctive vocals and a rhythm section that propels the song along, and launches the powerful chorus that will have you tapping your feet along.

Second up on the 6-track EP is Under My Skin and is almost Smiths like in its swirling guitars and personal lyrics and shows how the band are building a live reputation as it is a stadium ready track already! Optimistic opens with a Muse like guitar riff full of power and foreboding and then Evans vocals take the bass driven song into 1990s post punk territory in the pattern of Elastica with a hint of Sisters of Mercy for good measure!

God Forbid is the longest track of the six clocking in over four minutes and it is epic in scope with some guitar sounds that fellow Welshman, The Edge, would be proud of. The song is slower through the verses and then speeds up through the choruses as the lyrics deal with breaking out of a depressing state.

The penultimate effort, Temporary Feelings is a very stripped down personal track that is different than others on the EP providing space from the former “big tracks” although it does build to a satisfying crescendo. It sets up the closer, Watch Me Burn where Nineteen Fifty Eight return to a slightly edgier approach with a chorus dripping with melody.

With support already coming in from Huw Stephens at BBC Radio One, Alex Baker at Kerrang! Radio, and Adam Walton at BBC Wales, Nineteen Fifty Eight are due to breakout of their beloved Swansea onto the world’s stage – check them out asap!

Dark Blue
 is released 19th May 2017 via Transcend Music and available from iTunes

 

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