NAME: Our People Versus Yours
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Metalcore troop show clear promise.
LOCATION: Essex, England
LINE UP: Joe Miles- vocals; Josh Nunn- guitar; Dan Clark- bass; Harvey Freeman-drums; James Sweeting- guitar/vocals.
WHAT’S THE STORY?: By having a valiant stab at the grossly over-saturated metalcore scene, Our People Versus Yours are comparable to an independent gaming company releasing a first-person shooter to rival the Call of Duty franchise. Simply put, they’re up against the wall.
Nevertheless, the E.P’s opener ‘Lights’ immediately makes an impact with an abrasive medley of intricate guitar work and macabre screams. When the band focus on heaviness, they prosper, though they quickly fall into the formulaic sing/scream structure, which detracts from their strengths and leaves them sounding a little too similar to fellow Brits Architects.
With that being said, Our People Versus Yours have irrefutably put together a solid release, with ‘I’ve Had Better Days’ particularly standing out due to some impressively piercing screams.
The E.P’s main issue is its inclusion of clean vocals as, for the most part, they do not complement the band’s sound. Singing fits best alongside heavy music when it is catchy or atmospheric, but it often feels forced on this CD.
‘Lights’ is clearly the result of a young band forging their own individuality and, in doing so, they’ve shown substantial promise.
‘In Unity’ sees them incorporate the sing/scream structure to great effect, before the song reaches a tremendously ambient close, sparking deserved comparisons to Underoath.
Our People Versus Yours may not have mastered their sound yet but, with this being their fourth release in four years, they’re working extremely hard and are certainly one to look out for in the future.
SOUNDS LIKE: Architects, old Thrice, Underoath.
YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: Anyone interested in the metalcore genre will definitely enjoy this to some extent. It doesn’t reinvent the tried and tested formula, but it’s superior to many other UK bands attempting the same style.
Submitted By ASmith