Sheffield six-piece Elegies are back with their first release on shiny new record label Hassle Records (We Are the Ocean, Canterbury) titled ‘Daylight Disease’.
At just over 10 minutes, Elegies have given each of the three songs on the EP time to develop and flesh out whilst not overstaying their welcome. The opening salvo of Throne bounds forward with a succinct swagger and pounding rhythms, but if you think you’re getting the standard post-hardcore opening party track (à la The Blackout), you’re wrong. The verses are restrained and ambient; slow guitars and echoing vocals soon give way to a soaring chorus; the vocal interplay between the two vocalists (your standard clean and ‘dirty’ combo) is engaging: it’s all surprisingly fresh. Elegies avoid falling into the tired ‘call and response’ trope that litters the genre currently.
Elegies’ vocals are both somewhat standard of post-hardcore in terms of sound, however. Neither clean or scream are particularly unique, but also aren’t bad. The clean vocals are a notch above the screams but both work nicely together. The band clearly know how to modify an existing formula to be just interesting enough to give the audience something different whilst not alienating any fans.
Lyrically, it’s quite difficult to pick out lines due to the production. This is obviously stylistic, and adds to the overall presentation, but I’d like to hear a slower, slightly more stripped back song where the songwriters can show off their lyrical chops.
Headache slows down the affair, beginning with a double vocal assault. The screams really get a chance to shine, treading the line between full-blown screaming and the British pseudo-singing/shouting style.
Final track Cobweb Eyes is very similar to Throne in the way vocals and instrumentation interact. It’s probably the catchiest song on the EP, with a more stereotypical post-hardcore chorus. I’m reluctant to say it was better than the first track as I enjoyed Throne’s energy in the opening bars, but it certainly comes close.
Overall, there’s very little negative to say about Elegies’ new EP: there are three decent songs here. They all follow a certain, standardised song-writing formula, but not closely enough to be dismissed as generic fodder. I’m looking forward to seeing what the post-hardcore sextet can do with a full album’s worth of material to play with, as and when they venture into LP territory.