The Brinks have been tearing it up in their local area of Manchester with their bluesy rock style for the past few months and are coming out with an EP to ice the cake. Neil Bardsley lends his strong and gritty voice to the band with Phil and Bailey Wood bringing the band home with their suave guitar solos. All this glorious mayhem is kept in line with Kieron Duncan’s driving beats and Jeff Wood’s expert bass work. Taking their queues from some of the many great English blues bands over the years, these boys have certainly got a bright future ahead of them.
The EP begins with the Bring It Down, a grungy verse-guitar solo alternating piece. There were a few moments, like before the first guitar solo, where Bardsley’s vocal tone became rough which was great. However, I would have liked to hear a bit of that in the last verse as well, just to finish the song with a bang. I quite enjoyed the guitar ad lib between verses, especially the second time ’round where there was a lot of play on minor sevenths and the blues third. On My Way had an excellent lead up to the full band sound, with broken chords and vocals beginning the track. I think the sustained guitar note just after the two minute mark could have been held a few beats longer before the track started up again, and the track in general could have had a quicker tempo. They used rests expertly in the section just before the three minute mark, a great way of making a riff and melody catchy.
The most memorable song out of the lot was definitely Time Lord. Again they used contrast but between phrases this time, with the sung melody followed by the rest of the band as if they were using call-and-response. The last song was one that they recorded themselves. Although it is not a perfect production I commend them for giving it a go themselves to further their understanding of the recording process. The track itself, English Electric, had a catchy riff and what I presume was all the members singing some good ol’ fashioned ‘nah nah nahs’. This melody was then copied by the guitars, but it was never repeated so often that it became annoying which shows great musical awareness.
I actually quite enjoyed The Brinks’ sound. There are definitely some aspects they could work on but I give them credit for their compositional savvy and giving recording a go for themselves. I give their EP 7/10.
To hear the EP check out their Soundcloud