REVIEW: ALL EARS AVOW - SKIN & BONES EP
Swindon's very own All Ears Avow have been a firm favourite of mine for some time now. Having been very impressed by their live performance supporting Mallory Knox in Swansea last month, I was keen to check out their upcoming EP, 'Skin & Bones', due for self-release on 14 December 2018. The record is a musical celebration of being yourself and living life by your own terms.
It's a strong start for the EP with its incredibly catchy title track, which combines funky (and deceptively technical) guitar work with big grooves and pop meets R'n'B sensibilities which drive the choruses and vocal melodies. It certainly sets the tone for the rest of the record.
'Got Lucky' boasts guitar riffs and synth lines that would sound right at home on a Eurythmics or Duran Duran album. It's certainly a highlight of this short yet fantastically put together release.
The musicianship is brilliant throughout, with all four members giving it their all. Special mentions must go to frontwoman Claire Sutton who never fails to provide brilliant lead vocals and drummer/vocalist Sean Ivens with his clever and hard hitting grooves that tap into the worlds of funk and jazz.
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To say that the EP was entirely self-produced is astounding. It has a huge, polished sound that wouldn't seem out of place next to even the highest level of rock productions.
The overall message of the record should also not be understated. It celebrates uniqueness and individuality, transforming the EP into something positive with an inspiring energy. For those of us perhaps in a dark place, All Ears Avow are there to help keep us afloat.
'Skin & Bones' is an all-killer, no-filler release from one of the best British up-and-coming rock bands currently on the scene. The EP is a perfect blend of heavy rock riffs, big pop melodies and technically gifted musicianship.
All Ears Avow are most definitely destined for the biggest stages in the country and I've no doubt that they will only continue to grow from here on out.
Words by Robert Percy
ROCKODILE RATING - 9/10