He Who Saw The Deep
This Sheffield quartet were famed for their use of historical stories as lyrical inspiration. While their new album title may well reference the epic of Gilgamesh, the themes running through their songs now look more to the future.
Although it is not a future that lends itself to hope (“As Europe slips into the sea / We could have saved a million more… a snake can shed its skin / But never change.”) it is one that can surely be buoyed by its accompanying soundtrack. Think Interpol but with ambition; the daring-do of post-rock fused with the discipline and hooks of post-punk, a match best showcased in ‘A Father’s Son’.
Still, purists can be more than satisfied by the epic, string-driven ‘Sea Of Regrets’, if the Hope Of The States-esque post-rock-lite appeals not.