Cuecliché – Look at the Pictures

Cuecliche - Look at the Pictures

6/10

Cuecliché, a three-piece skate pop-punk band based in the UK, has recently released their second, self-recorded EP titled Look at the Pictures. Following up their 2017 debut release One Last Chance, Look at the Pictures bears the mark of an ever-so-slightly matured group of young males figuring their shit out by way of their music. The reason I mention maturity is because I reviewed their initial EP for Bucketlist, and one of my main contentions (which I guess kind of dates me, but oh well) was the fact that skate pop-punk, with its whiny vocals and teenage angsty lyrics, just doesn’t do it for me. However, these guys requested I give their new release a shot to see what they have done since. I respect that kind of tenacity, so I agreed…

While I have mentioned what I did not like, of the things I did like about One Last Chance was the sheer energy harnessed in certain moments of its tracks. These hinted at a potentially more mature, nuanced and heavier sound. A year later, Look at the Pictures gracefully leans a little more towards what could be an awesome and well-developed tone, however this is only really showcased in two of the five tracks. To my ears, you could almost subdivide the EP into two very different bands; transitions between tracks roll from an extremely positive switch to a somewhat disappointing one. Tracks “Save Me,” “Puzzle Piece,” and “Prince Of Nowhere” are a continuation of a lot of the elements I don’t really care for. With lyrics like, “Will I fit in/I’m getting sick of this life I’m living,” and “I’m scared I will never be good enough,” these tracks are partially redeemed by short bursts of a guitar solo here and there.

In a totally different vein, “Take It Away” sounds like it was written by entirely different people – in a good way. The vocals are sung in a much lower pitch, making them considerably less whiny, and the track is both heavy and fast, featuring a fantastic metal-style guitar solo. After hearing “Save Me,” this song will completely change your opinion of the EP. I am all for dynamism, but if the whole EP sounded a lot more like this track, this review would be a different story. Again picking up the pieces after its predecessor, “It’s Over” opens with the best riff of all five tracks and almost sounds like it could be on a Deftones album. While the vocals are a bit less impressive than the instrumentation, this track as well as “Take It Away” display an impressive progression for Cuecliché.

Written by Jordan Hodgins
*edited by Kate Erickson

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Jordan, in an attempt to avoid an overly-romantic bio, has chosen to stick to the cold, hard facts about her life. She has been reading ever since she can remember, but didn't decide to try her hand at writing (heh heh) until she had no other choice while attending university. Jordan has always been an incredibly passionate person, and for her, writing and music provided the perfectly blended outlet to keep her relatively out of trouble. Jordan's heart lies with the kind of old-school blues and gospel that gave rise to and inspired Elvis; she enjoys anything with soul, or has the ability to unite an eclectic crowd according to (in)tangible ties. Jordan's goal in writing for Bucketlist is to organize her intuition in a way that makes sense enough to which at least one person will relate. Enjoy!

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