Hey Gigantic is a four-piece indie rock band hailing from London who recently released a four- song EP entitled We Are Beacons. Their music aligns with bands like Bloc Party, At the Drive-In and Incubus. The EP doesn’t contain many surprises or genre-turning type moves but it is well delivered. I would argue that the band's biggest strength is the energy they bring to the table. A mix between the top-notch production, the recording quality and the tight performances make for a winning combination that creates an energy that is immediately felt within your veins.
There were a couple of things that really stuck out to me about the band. The vocals were an integral part to their music and I can say that I thought the noticeable English accent worked well but it was the dynamic range and vocal harmonies, which really impressed. You can hear what I’m talking about on the first song “Ideas Like Axes.” Certain words are emphasized with vocal harmonies while the dynamic range is apparent within the transitions. The music on “Ideas Like Axes” is extremely tight and well executed. It’s full of distinct guitar parts, which are played in tandem.
They continue to display their expertise on the second track “Sirens.” Simply said the song is full of great riffs and infectious vocal melodies that continually explode. The title track “We Are Beacons” is arguably the most single ready song on the EP. It contains a distinct verse and chorus that gets stuck in your head after about the second time you listen to it.
I really enjoyed the Bloc Party-esque guitar parts on “Hawaii.” This song has some super slick guitar riffs and ended up stealing the show. The band rocks out extremely hard at points getting into post-rock territory. Overall, it is a great closer.
I couldn’t but help but think this band would be great to see live. If they can produce even half of that energy in a live setting the audience will eat it up. We Are Beacons is a fine EP with a consistent, upbeat energy that can replace that energy bar you eat in the morning before work.
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