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ONLY STRANGERS – ‘Only Strangers’ Album Review

ONLY STRANGERS – Only Strangers

Only StrangersOnly Strangers formed in 2010 and they were featured on a Horn & Hoof compilation (Punk As Duck Vol.1) back in 2011. Since then they have release two EP’s and a split with Pardon Us. They hail from Discharge country, Stoke on Trent in the Midlands and this album was released this month.

Opening up this ten-song package with the gritty pop/punk Last Time the band display an eye for a hook and the knack of stitching together melodic punk rock. So Long, Etruria has a little Blink 182 and little Gaslight Anthem about it with a mid-paced approach and head-nodding chorus.

On What Happened To You Only Strangers play with an extended guitar lick introduction in the mode of SLF before building into a muscle bound rocker driven by the rock solid rhythm section and soaring guitars. The prominent bass guitar propels Never Wanted This forward but it is those gritty, raw throated vocals that stand out and the following track, Saturday Night is a faster romp.

As we enter the second half of the album, the very different sounding Counter Attack shows another side of the band. The song has a more sinister feel and the vocals are more head on. Only Strangers then go all out with the powerful Fare Thee Well that is one of the stand out songs on this accomplished album.

Anyway, We Delivered The Bomb is a chunky punker with choppy guitars, epic chorus and an angrier lyric. The penultimate song, Creature maintains the pace with layered guitar licks leading to a rumbling ‘punch the air’ punk rock backing.

The closing track, Hardest Thing again introduces itself with an elongated instrumental and builds to a great churning epic song. Only Strangers are raw and gritty yet accessible and melodic at the same time – it makes for a fascinating package.

Grab yourself a copy of the self-titled album by Only Strangers at Horn and Hoof Records Bandcamp site here:



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