In less than a year, an original rock/grunge band from Nottingham, UK called Sift has gone onto play several venues around the UK and released their first EP in May under the same name. Consisting of vocalist Liam Coleman, guitarist Ellis Hale, bassist Ken Scott and drummer Jason James, this group’s very short EP comes complete with heavy and deep guitar riffs, unique rhythms and crisp, clean timing.
The opener “You Don’t Know It” caught me off guard for the direction the instruments were taking. The drums have one beat as the guitar seem to be going in another direction, but Hale’s guitar and James’ drumming worked very well together. The art of keeping time, especially between a guitarist and a drummer can be a hard thing to pull off for a new band – and I can say this in all honesty, because I’ve been there. So I give these guys props for being gutsy! “Restart Everything” has some really good ‘inside the pocket’ stuff between the drumming and bassist Ken Scott – another solid song.
“When Did Things Change” is the EP’s slower song and features tragic love story lyrics with solid vocal harmonies. It has all the makings of a good rock love ballad. “Clear Mirror” picks things up with a faster beat and razor edged guitar riffs, which I thought were quite catchy. Things got really good after two minutes in as James’ drum beat breaks a groove and Hale’s guitar solo builds up with it’s own style and creativity.
Overall, Sift has put out a solid first effort with some really unique twists and turns. My only complaint, perhaps, would be for Liam Coleman’s vocals to come out a bit more on some parts of the songs. Maybe it’s just a mixing thing that can be done post-recording – but anyway, for what it’s worth – looking forward to what’s next for this young band.
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