Have you ever experienced that new record feeling; the one you get when you listen to a record for the first time and think ‘nah, this isn’t really for me,’ only to listen to it again and suddenly begin to understand it? My several listens of In Crowded Skies latest EP, Everything Comes To Light, were exactly like that. By the end of about five play-throughs, I thought ‘wow, in a few more records and these guys are going to be amazing.’
Hailing from Kent, UK, Pete Herbert on Bass and Vocals, Luke Martin and Shaun Taylor on guitars, and Matt Downes on Drums make up this foursome. In Crowded Skies are a band that nearly reached the creation of that really great record— they just aren’t quite there yet. It’s all right lads, I have a feeling you guys are going to achieve that with the next record or two.
Kicking off the EP with a thumping bass and drum beat, the track “You Were Right” starts the journey of this short, but solid 4 song EP. When Pete Herbert’s vocals first kick in, I almost immediately found myself thinking that he sounds like a darker Dallas Green. Truthfully, this first song sounds a little generic at first, and I was slightly worried the rest of the EP might all sound the same. Luckily, that was not the case; all 4 songs share a similar style, but venture in to different places, musically. The second track, “Everything Comes To Light,” definitely caught my attention much more.
“Radars.” Now, this is the song on the record that did it for me. It made me realise just how incredible this band could be. The song ends with powerfully visceral riffs, backed by strings and a ‘crowd-chanting’ style vocal. I can absolutely see this part being sung by an audience in an arena. Guys, more of this epic level of song-writing, PLEASE! The final track, “No Evil,” brings the EP to an end. I don’t have much to say about this last song, other than it being a nice end to an EP that definitely grew on me after a few listens.
One thing I must mention before I end this review is the fantastic production by Rhys May at Delta Wave Studios. Just a fantastic job. I especially appreciated that the bass is at the forefront of the mix. Too often, the bass is lost in the background, drowned out by overdubbed or unnecessarily loud guitars and drums. Thankfully, this was not the case with this record. I don’t know a single thing about producing or recording a record, but I’d say the sound on Everything Comes To Light is as close to perfect as it gets for this type of record.
In Crowded Skies are a band that are reaching for that big sound, and while this record may not have achieved that for them, I have no doubt in my mind that they’ll eventually get there. There’s a ton of great musicianship (and clearly, passion) behind this band. Keep climbing up guys.
Written by Dominic Abate
*edited by Danielle Kenedy