Band Review: Audio Mime

392020_224476100970952_1405134575_nFounded in 2011 and classing themselves as Alternative Rock with a funky edge, Audio Mime are an up-and-coming foursome from Lewes. They pride themselves on their guitar-prominent work and intricate bass as well as their live music being better than tracks they record. Having been compared to The Stone Roses and The Smiths, the band makes use of a number of styles and techniques to form their Radiohead and Massive Attack-inspired work.

The bass in ‘Sophisticated G’ is so funk based, it obviously takes a heavy influence from Blues music, but with the vocals being so prominently spoken and peculiar, it is difficult to take the track too seriously. Audio Mime’s weird style and obvious Thom York encouraged vocal detail does not hit the same heights that Radiohead achieve so naturally. The fact that just prior to a guitar solo making an appearance in a track, the listener is informed about it also takes any heart away from the music, however  innate and unscripted the recording is.

‘Television Face’ brings a more mature sound overall, but is all top speedy and repetitive without much awareness of the importance of sentiment in music. However, the guitaring is exceptionally rapid and elaborate, reflecting the respectable talent that the band possesses. Lyrically, Audio Mime’s work leaves a lot to be desired but their use of various genres including influences of country and heavier rock give them more potential when it comes to pin-pointing a market.

Although ‘Honest Man’ makes an attempt to throw some emotion into the mix the lyrics simply seem to lack heart and come across as rapidly produced. Melodically, the quartet’s music is a great deal stronger than it is vocally speaking, but it is difficult to truly connect to listeners with somewhat feeble attempts at story-telling through their songs. Some of the guitar solos however, really give the band the capacity for a fairly bright future in the industry.

If Audio Mime opt to focus on who they are with regards to genre and consider precisely who they want in their audiences at live shows and buying their records, they are likely to be fairly successful. But currently, the listener is likely to be unsure what direction the band is going in; Alternative, humorous, Blues or Indie.

2/5

Band Review: Volume Conflict

Rhythmic beats, strong riffs and a hypnotizing voice Volume Conflict seems to have it all. Lyrically they are equally impressive, with strong sing along chorus’ and harmonized screams to die for. Volume Conflict do seem to be every heavy rock fans dream.

Wake Me Up has an enticing intro but what follows is a little less impressive when compared to massive brilliance of other tracks such as Fallen with its political references and melodic chorus. Each track sounds very much different to the next with the riff from the song Calling leaving us wanting more. And with songs like De’ Javu and Derailed we definitely get that, the opening riff to Derailed really hits you with full force and it becomes second nature to head bang along.

The songs seem to be so well structured that they show off not only the incredibly poetic lyrics but also the undeniable musical talent from each member of the band from fast paced heart beat of the band: Drummer Leon Smith, Bassist and brother Stefan to the kick starter of the band Triston, vocalist and rhythm guitar power house as well as new member and only one not to be blood related ‘Snow’ on Lead. The sheer brutality of the music in juxtapostion to the delicate daylight sun in the music video for Wake Me Up almost feels reminiscent of videos for bands such as The Used.

Clearly the group is as much a family as a band; with three of the band being brothers it seemed the band would always be that way. But a brief look through their history shows financial trauma and the band working their way through the music business the hard way, but defiantly coming out all the better for it.

They are promised to sky rocket through the Alternative and grunge scenes. With a strong fan base and good quality music, along with the help of Producer Beau Hill who’s worked with the likes of Alice in Chains, the only way this band can go from here is up, and they are definitely on their way!