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SAFEGUARD – ‘I’m A Stranger To Myself’ EP Review

SAFEGUARD – I’m A Stranger To Myself

SafeguardHailing from North Yorkshire, UK, Safeguard formed in 2016. They have drawn comparisons to bands like Knuckle Puck, the Story So Far and Neck Deep. The band put out a self-released EP ‘When Did You Stop Caring?’ in early 2017 and have followed up with I’m A Stranger To Myself.

The four-track EP opens with the one minute instrumental, Crux where a mellow guitar builds to a heavy set of riffs, fast drum rolls and ends abruptly before Harbour kicks in with meaty hooks and melody. The track certainly pays homage to the aforementioned influences with some stops/starts and harmonious vocals all over an intricate set of intertwining sections.

On November, Safeguard the band bring out some chunky riffs, tuneful guitar licks, complex rhythms to support a vocal that prevails as it tells a story. The last track, No Mand’s Land opens with a mellow solo guitar softly strumming and the sorrowful vocals join as the track builds and builds powerfully. It is a compelling climax to a neat parcel of songs.

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