Herfordshire alt-rockers Chasing Cadence have been making waves across the UK rock scene, having impressed crowds in support slots for the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Don Broco and Glamour Of The Kill – not bad considering the band has only been together for a relatively short time. With the release of their new five-track EP Destroy Something Beautiful, the young quintet are determined to push themselves further and make people stand up and take notice. We gave it a listen and break it down for you right here with our track-by-track review.
1. It’s Not The Length That Counts, It’s What You Do With It
Don’t let the tongue-in-cheek and lengthy emo circa 2004 title put you off – this is 2 minutes of ballsy, upfront modern rock with a groove that is reminiscent of Royal Blood, but with the melodic drama of Fall Out Boy. Jack Harris’ soulful vocal slides give a slighty bluesy feel and he has a charming gruffness to his voice that sets him apart. A criticism of this track is how abruptly it’s cut short – you could have given us another chorus boys! Oh well, just an excuse to whack it back on repeat again.
That bouncy pop-punk opening riff is oddly familiar…in fact in sounds a helluva lot like ‘Misery Business’ by Paramore. Delicate, clean guitars that fill the first verse are interrupted by a storming chorus and heavier more post-hardcore influences later on in the track which borrow from old-school Funeral For A Friend.
3. Watching The World
Chasing Cadence showcase more of a straight up rock sound on the third track, though stuttery guitar lines in the second verse which seem to be oh so favourable these days remind us it’s definitely 2016.
4. Everyone Relax
A huge rock ballad that’s crying out to be played in bigger venues. Soaring vocals and trembling guitars build to an anthemic climax, showing a great deal of ambition and flair for songwriting.
5. Dear Life
Fans of Chasing Cadence will already be familiar with this song, which has been given a bit of a polish with a remastered version – if only they had dropped the cheesy synths at the beginning. It’s a mistake that a lot of modern bands make, adding a cheeky synth line here and there to give a bit of an edge perhaps, but actually it’s a little overdone now. However that niggle aside, this is a great rock song with a chorus that will stick in your head for days on end and have you belting it out in the shower.
Destroy Something Beautiful is a solid set of infectiously catchy, well-written rock songs that set the stage for Chasing Cadence to become a band to rival the very peers they have opened up shows for and be worthy headliners in their own right.