[twitter style=”vertical” float=”left”] [fbshare type=”button”] [google_plusone size=”standard” annotation=”none” language=”English (UK)”] This Hostility are a anthemic-rock band from the South Coast of England, in the likes of of American counterparts, Paramore. The band who recently completed their line-up when singer-songwriter Hazel Woodland joined them and David Stewart replaced the outgoing Ben Franklin on Drums, proudly work their trade in the Worthing – Brighton area. So take heed, club and venue owners, if you want a taste of This Hostility’s crash bang theory!
The band have recently released a 6-track E.P. entitled “Wasted Time”, showcasing their monumental, crashing multi-guitar sound, which once apon a time was a trademark of the legendary british band, Thin Lizzy.
On “Wasted Time” This Hostility drive their blend of anthemic alt-rock like a runaway train on a night of a thousand and one emotions.
Track after track, the engine room, driven by Dave Steward on drums, Sam Greene on bass, the two Sherman’s, Nick and Dan plus James Wood on guitars gain impetus, working your rhythmical apetite, while keeping their wall of sound abuzz with the effervescent vocals of Hazel Woodland and Dan Sherman.
The E.P. kicks off with “Letting You Go” which quickly sets the pace. Their wall of guitars crash-in apon you, engulfing your senses, while Dave’s drumming ricochet’s like an UZI SMG. Dan Sherman’s lead vocals rise above the insurgent riffing with a catchy “Green Dayish” hookline-melody.
Track 2 introduces Hazel Woodland on lead vocals. The song entitled “Lost Control” progresses with a desperate sense of rhythmic urgency. Guitar riffs here, there and everywhere. A rock n’ rollers dream in an age of tiresome, repetitive rapping. Hazel evidences her vocal capacity in a rush hour number. Over and above the expressive voice, she delivers good breathing techniques and great diction. Traits that more famous singers have often left by the roadside, mumbling through lyric sheets in a uncomprehensible manner. Five stars Hazel!
I would get this E.P. for the first 8 bars of this song alone. In fact, I played the start of this track innumerous times before listening to it’s entirety. “Secrets” has one of the most captivating guitar-hookline intros I have heard since the 80’s glam-metal era. This is my absolute favorite track on the album. It’s radio friendly punk-rock theme, is nicely pushed along with layers of catchy vocal phrasing delivered by Dan Sherman. A really solid arrangement.
The title track “Wasted Time”, featuring Hazel on lead vocals, is a taught claustrophic rocker, where This Hostility run everything on a tight leash. Pumpimg out and holding back simultaneosly, with some prodigiously fiendish playing.
“Somethings Got To Give”, another one of my favorites, rambles in with the, by now classic, “This Hostility” crash bang guitar crescendos. Sam Greene pins down a torrid bass-line, which the rest of the gang more than ably hang onto for dear life. Singer Hazel, bulldozers her strident vocals all across the aural spectrum, while Dan sweetens it up midway, with a nifty vocal interlude.
The E.P. closes with “Voices”, an uptempo track featuring full-blooded staccato riffs and rhythms. 2 minutes and 53 seconds of adrelin pumping anthemic-rock.
“This Hostility” have forged a full-blown rock sound, which is a mix remiminiscent of old school guitar rocker heroes and the modern emo-rock phenomena of U.S.A platinum selling bands like Paramore, Lacuna Coil, Jimmy Eats World and Green Day.
Is this another star seller act in the making?
Worthing and Brighton…stand up and be counted!