Just like The Fall of Troy, Arcane Roots and In Case of Fire; Last Days of Lorca are embracing progressive rock of bands like Yes, Pink Floyd, and even The Mars Volta, as well as modern progressive metal (Metalcore) bands such as Symphony X and Poison The Well, whilst mixing them with post hardcore rock.
‘Prog-Core’, for want of a better term.
First impressions? EP opener ‘(Climb)’ (I’m yet to understand why it’s in brackets) starts promisingly, with The Mars Volta/At The Drive In influence clearly being hung from the band’s collective sleeve, staccato guitars and crisp, peppered percussion grab a listeners attention, fighting back and forth (in a good way) with rhythmic bass lines and vocals, which have a dreamy, sense of longing in them.
Speaking of vocals, the style of LDoL’s lead singer sounds like Greg Gilbert from The Delays doing his best impression of Matt Bellamy from Muse via a tired, rum soaked Brain Molko of Placebo fame!
What? I’m not lying!
It appears that LDoL have managed to wrangle Chris Cornell in to perform guest vocals on ‘‘A little light’! Either that or Lambrou has two souls fighting inside him, because the third option of his vocals sounding different when singing for a slower track is just too insane to be true surely? SURELY?!
With a focus on the vocals and lyrics, along with tempo changes and layered melodies, the track is the most technically impressive, an adagio tempo breaking in to rhythmic, throbbing bass and drums. This when performed live with be the song that that makes a crowd buy their record.
EP closer ‘With All Clarity’ builds in a Post-Hardcore, Wall Of Sound style, somewhat akin of Cave-In’s ‘Antenna’ period, it’s chord progression gives the melodies an uplifting, hopeful sense of emotion when placed against lyrics which, with lines like ‘Smoke stacks and crowns keep these stars alive, but our souls starve’ are bleaker and more cynical than one first realises.
Overall, LDoL’s strength lay in the contrasting textures of Peter Lambrou’s fragile, tragedy imbibed vocals, providing a sense of fractured urgency and feeling of loss, against the sharpness of guitar, fizz of percussion and thud of bass lines. Although I have concern that this scene my well become filled very quickly with failing imitators, as more and more rock bands appear to be happily embracing Prog Rock’s experimental freedoms and love of VOLUME! When you judge Last Days of Lorca by their musical prowess, vocals and poetically cynical lyrics, the only band being imitated may well be the band themselves.
Words: Fuzz Caminski