It is Friday, the day new music drops, and it is a good one today. My focus this Friday is a band named The Ember Glows and their EP Where Spirits Play. While this is an EP, it still clocks in a whisker short of half an hour, 29 minutes, actually. 29 minutes of music that charges at you, starting with the first notes of the first song.
Speaking of the first song, we have “Tomorrow’s the Day” in the leadoff position. It opens with a distorted guitar that lays the foundation for the rest of the EP. The Ember Glows sound like they would be a good live band; they have that kind of energy. As I listened to Tomorrow’s the Day, I kept feeling that I had heard that phrase before. A quick search through Genius didn’t give me what I wanted so I let it bounce around in my head, and eventually, I found the answer. The line “Tomorrow’s the day” is in the song You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere by The Byrds on their album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Totally different but they both have those three words, Tomorrow’s the Day. That was a fun rabbit trail, back to Where Spirits Play.
The Mirror is the second track of the four on this EP and it slows the pace down a bit from the blistering start of Tomorrow’s the Day. While The Mirror does feel more pedestrian it still has the feeling that we are walking on the edge of a knife. It’s sharp, it’s hard, it shines, it rocks and it rolls. Make no mistake, this band is serious about rock and roll and they do it very well indeed. About halfway through the The Mirror, the pace picks up and we get to hear some hard-driving guitar licks, I get the feeling The Ember Glows would be a good jam band.
Next up is Silent Love, it begins with a percussive intro that leads the way for the rest of the band to come in. The love may have Silent Love but The Ember Glows are not silent. They keep the tension and the energy pulsing forward. I like the line in Silent Love that says, “there’s is nothing left to do but silent love as you sit and stare at the stars above.” Last night my son and I set up a telescope and stared at the stars above, but we weren’t silent. I do enjoy being out in the country where it is stone cold silent and you can almost hear the stars above. It’s usually a bird or an airplane but you know what I’m saying, right? The last two songs on this EP clock in at over five minutes each. That’s five minutes of Silent Love followed by over five minutes of having a High Fever.
High Fever opens with more guitar jams, I love the guitar work on this EP. There are two of them that give a guitar nerd lots of material to get your groove on.
This Montreal four-piece was formed in 2019 by members of Room Control, Repo, Scene Noir & Citylake. Richard Bunze (guitar), Kevin Hills (bass), Martin Saint (voice, guitar) & Dan Stefik (drums) crafted a sound based on hooks, a pulsating rhythm section, textural guitars & baritone vocals. The band traces its roots to the moody side of 80’s new-wave, psych & British indie.
In conclusion, you can buy this fine EP online through all fine digital stores, including Bandcamp.
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