David Pandey (vocals), Nathan Garton (guitars), Llew Morgan (drums) and Pete Bennett (bass) are Gravity Road. The band released Walking on Shadows which is their debut EP. There are only three songs but they average out to about eight minutes in length.
On their Bandcamp page they mention they are a progressive rock band. To be perfectly honest their music didn’t feel like straight prog in a number of ways. For me at least bands like Rush, Yes , and King Crimson encompass a pure prog rock sound. The best way I would describe Gravity Road is atmospheric rock. They tend to use a lot of reverb especially on their guitars and vocals which surround you and in many ways define their vibe.
The band get going with “Southern Cross” which slowly introduces you to their sound. I loved the juxtaposition between the bass drums and guitar/vocals. The drums and bass are really the foundation here keeping the whole song from floating away. One of the reasons the song is a bit longer than a standard rock song is because of the longer instrumental sections. I appreciated the dynamics. There are certain sections which rock out, other times where it’s more tranquil, etc.
Up next is “The River.” The drum beat at the beginning of the song really drives the energy. Pandey’s vocals are dripping with hall reverb and work with the upward, hopeful momentum of the song. Similar to the previous track it’s a dynamic ride the entire time. They cover a lot of ground with numerous breakdowns and crescendos.
Last but not least is “Truth.” It’s the arguable highlight. I really appreciated the guitar work here. Pandey delivers a serene Thom Yorke style falsetto. There are just some great grooves in general. The one towards the end is exceptional.
Overall, Gravity Road delivered an impressive debut. It’s not the most contemporary sound for 2018 but that’s not a much of a factor for me. I think this release will resonate with fans of rock who will eat this up. Take a listen.
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