The Sides are a five-piece band from the UK consisting of Macaulay Murray, Dean Worrall, Jordan Wilkinson, James Devitt and Tom Malkin. The young band put out a four-song EP entitled Hesitate. They aren’t reinventing the wheel with this release but they are showing some talent and greater things ahead with palatable pop/rock songs.
They open the EP with “You and Me” which sounds like a song that could have FM radio potential if the production was a tad bit better. The song is catchy if a little predictable with familiar guitar lines and structure. The vocalist sounds great throughout and delivery overall is solid.
The title track has a similar vibe with guitars that are coated with enough reverb that it seems like it' being played in a huge hall. Like the previous track the song is really catchy with a large sounding chorus that gets in to U2 territory.
The next track “My World” has a little more of an edge and intensity to it. There is a ’90s vibe here not too far off from punk or grunge despite the modern sounding lead guitar. They close with “The Alchemist” which was my personal favorite song. It felt a little more fun and poppy. Comparisons to The Strokes may be in order.
I’d say this band has all the key elements for success. That being said the four songs didn’t leave me with much of a signature sound. They can write a tune and they can deliver it. I just think it may behoove them to think about how they could really stick out from the crowd. It’s a simple fact that the style of music they play is extremely popular and the competition is absurdly fierce.
Overall, the band does deliver with these tracks. The songs take no effort to enjoy and aesthetically the band sounds great. I’d say the vocalist is a key aspect to their sounding as good as they did. I’m looking forward to where the band goes from here.
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