Hometown Glory is the new EP from young indie band Albion, which is the first big stepping stone to getting themselves into our ears. After supporting the likes of Twisted Wheel, Exit Calm and Missing Andy, the band now feel it’s time to step out of other peoples shadows, and release their debut EP.
The EP is something that you would expect from an up and coming indie band, with the lo-fi sound, high trebles sounding guitars and the odd cliché in a lyric. However this should take nothing away from their EP as they have executed it with minimal flaws, and shown they are more than capable of piecing together a decent song.
‘Times are changing’ opens up the EP, and with the song having some rough parts around it, you can sense that they’re fresh from the packet. Although this introduction song is a strong one, it seems that it lacks the bit of energy that the early Cribs, Libs and Monkeys did, which played a huge part of their road to stardom (and other things).
Second song ‘When I get Mine’ is the best on the album, entirely because of the thunderous solo that seems to go on for a lengthy amount of time. As ripping as the solo may be, it just needs that extra drive and be brought to the front of the song, as it plays such an integral part. This is one of the flaws in the EP, as the guitars are present, but just seem to linger in the back ground, where they would be more effective if they had a little bit more spotlight brought onto them.
Pub rave-up song ‘Hometown glory’ also suffers from quiet guitar syndrome, but it still turns out to be a highlight of the album, as the pace and life of the song would bring most people to their feet. One agonising problem with the song is the breakdown, as it slows the pace down and loses the energy that the lads built up throughout.
‘What You Need’ wraps up the entire EP, with its lengthy intro and lo-fi sound, it follows suit by sticking to the code of the EP, which is stick to the indie roots. The song is neatly packed along with some clever lyrics on display, which is something that features throughout it.
The debut EP is always the hardest bridge to cross as an unsigned acts, but Albion have done it without tussling with the troll that lurks beneath. Although it is slightly under produced and has it’s little mistakes, the EP expresses that the band have a good base of songs to build on, which will only get better with time and practice.
Words by Alex Wise @al4563