glasscavessummerloverReleased: 2013

With a name like Glass Caves it’s pleasing on the ear that there’s nothing fragile about this 5 piece band from Leeds. With a committed northern following, selling out notable venues across their home county and EPs flying off their merch tables, this band are undeniably working hard at making their mark competing against northern rivals such as Alt-J & Arctic Monkeys. Releasing their second EP, Summer Lover, 10 months on after their self-named first they definitely seem ready to take the industry on with the notable twang in their sound.

Opening up on the title track you’re instantly reminded of the memories of the summer you’ve just had. An ‘ode’ to summer as they’ve labelled it. That’s how this EP could be described as a whole – a journey of soulful ups and downs, hints of reggae as well as hard hits of American alternative rock sewn together by the raspy intriguing lyrics of the lead vocals played through a raw British filter.

In contrast it rocks on to Throw Down the Pistol with nothing but passionate lyrics, a funky electric guitar solo and attitude oozing through; this is said to be a reaction to personal challenges in life. In comparison next up is This Road with an energetically upbeat outlook exhibiting the lead vocals at their best.

You find yourself joining in with the memorable chorus that will remain in your head for days. It comes to an end on the classic ‘relationship troubles’ track that is Safety Man, presenting itself with a rocky vibe of to-ing and fro-ing mostly found in the complicated tales of daily relationships – what person doesn’t relate to an EP that heeds the roller coaster story that is life.

With the Summer Lover EP released on December 2nd, there’s an optimistic and exciting 2014 ahead for Glass Caves.

★★★★

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