High Wycombe’s Wild Lies have just released an 11-track album, Prison of Sins and while the band may be new to many, but their sound has a familiar feel, blending a classic sound with a darker, modern edge. Prior to this, Wild Lies released an EP, Jack’s Out The Box, and their single ‘Asteroid Central’, which was produced by Kevin Shirley, but Prison of Sins is the band’s first full-length record.
With experience, having worked with Matt Hyde (sound engineering/recording for Bullet For My Valentine), there’s absolutely a BFMV element to their sound. Even more strongly, though, the record calls to mind a different band: Velvet Revolver. ‘Voices’, the opening track, could easily have been the lead single for the third album that band never got to make, with its big chorus. Relentless and driving, ‘Voices’ pulls the listener in with a chorus that feels immediately familiar before its bridge takes you somewhere surprising.
Singer Matt Polley is unequivocal about the band’s intentions. “I don’t want to be a niche band,” Polley says. “It’s heavy, current, modern…but we also want to keep that classic style with the melodic vocals, big choruses, and big melodies.” These sentiments are backed up straight out of the gate with the record’s second song, ‘Warhead’. Close your eyes and its layered vocals, combined with lead guitarist Zak Muller‘s inspired solos, make for a song that sounds built for a festival stage.
The band also shine on the fantastic ‘Mason’s Vial’, a heavy rock anthem with a deep, seductive groove. On ‘Mason’s Vial’, Polley delivers a soulful vocal that’s underscored by the band’s excellent rhythm section, bassist Dylan Smith and drummer Luke Wilson.
On ‘Inner Lizard’ and ‘My Robot’, however, the songs never seem to fully take shape. The members’ musicianship does much to aid them, but it’s apparent from the rest of Prison of Sins that Wild Lies are capable of greater things. Nonetheless, the record overall is a very solid effort — an unabashed, all-out rock album that’s a real pleasure.