Some of this is based purely on nostalgia. But so fuck right? By that I mean music is subjective and not objective, nostalgia giving it impact is just as legitimate as your finding impact in a particular musical arrangement. City of Statues are a home town band for me who started as something much more experimental and progressive and grew into something much more melodic, song focused and dynamic. It was a pretty impressive transformation, even if the previous incarnation was much more my thing. Sadly the band called time not so very long ago but recently reformed for a purely studio based effort ‘Bring Back The Dead’.
If you’re fan of the strain of alternative rock that is informed by roots in heavier and more aggressive music then this for you. City of Statues specalise in those pounding mid-tempo grooves, emotive soaring vocals and driving guitars. The EP sees the band branch out either side of this with the more aggressive ‘Graveyeard’, with its layered screams and fast paced sections and the mode sedate and electronica laced ‘Echoes in the Snow’. That the band can stray so far while staying within that same blue print is impressive stuff. The band don’t have a sound of their own per se, its all bits of things you’ve heard before, but its put together all shiny and convincing and its all the bits you love of that stuff you heard before. That’s no bad thing ? The EP is also served but a pretty warm and textured production, it’s not the most polished effort, but that informs the kind of sense of angst and urgency that the band aim for musically. In the digital age vibe is fast becoming what sets you apart. Technologically that’s arguably something of a regression but emotionally it stills makes the most sense.
Reacquainting myself with the band and these songs after a while makes me wonder where they could have gone have they kept at it. Given how unsupportive a lot of the Scottish underground scene can be the cynic in me suggests they wouldn’t have gone much further. But what little bit of idealist remains me very much wishes they’d been given the chance.
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