REVIEW | Twin Heart – Progress : Decline

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In 2014, we witnessed the end of one of the finest acts to ever emerge from Ayrshire – Mechanical Smile.

But not long after, they rose from the ashes under the emo-driven guise of Twin Heart, and since resurfacing, they have continued to blow us away time and time again both on the stage and with whatever they fire out of the studio.

After a long time coming, they finally cranked out an EP last month – Progress : Decline – and as expected, it proved to be something pretty special.

Ghosts is an incredible and unforgettable track which is catchy from start to finish. In addition to fantastic riffs, Dawn as always delivers in the vocal department, with Owen and Murray both chiming in at one point and knocking it out the park in their own right.

Young Eyes starts slow before kicking it up for what is a brisk-paced number that leads up to an exciting finish. Dawn’s writing abilities are displayed in full bloom with the principal single Suffocating, with an addictive chorus added for good measure.

Following a serene interlude is Speak To Me, a gripping, emotion-fueled piece. As Dawn parts towards the end, Owen and Murray are left without musical accompaniment, giving it all they have got as they scream the words “I’ll keep fighting till the end” to conclude the record on a goosebump-inducing note.

And with that, they further cement themselves as one of Scotland’s most promising prospects.

REVIEW | Oceans (Self-Titled EP)

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For the better part of 4 years, Glasgow rock quintet Enemies Of The State made a name for themselves with their dynamic live shows and some of the best lyrics in the local scene, which perfectly reflected current political and social issues.

But several months ago, the guys chose to repackage themselves as Oceans and take their music in a new direction. Did it ultimately pay off? The short answer is a resounding yes, judging by their upcoming self-titled EP.

Reborn serves as a tremendous opener, and an aspect which becomes immediately clear is the superb, highly memorable writing, and it only gets better with the very catchy lead single Heartbeats, where storied verses lend way to a very addictive chorus of mammoth proportions.

The strong lyrical themes continue into the softer Dream Speed, where after the eerie, low-key intro of You’re Not Alone sucks in the listener, before taking off for a more resonant second half. Finally, they reach the end with Signal Fire, an exceedingly passionate track driven by electrifying guitar work.

The first product of this new era proves that the band have evolved in astounding fashion, and this is sure to be only the beginning of a new wave of major success for the boys.