Morning Parade - Alienation EP
Record Label: Dec. 10, 2013
Release Date: SO Recordings
Morning Parade are a five-piece from Harlow, Essex, UK that formed in 2007 and released their self-titled debut in 2012. The band formed over a mutual love of Mew and Biffy Clyro. Alienation was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, CeeLo Green). The EP serves as a precursor for their sophomore full length due in early 2014.
How is it?
Absolutely fantastic. The EP opens with the rattling and narcotic opener “Shake the Cage,” laden with searing guitars; Steve Sparrow’s robust vocals, which are not unlike Oasis’ Liam Gallagher; and a polish and sheen that demands widespread attention. There’s hints of machinated effects throughout but never once do they distort or diminish from the band’s stadium-size sound. Pliant electro-effects enter the picture on the title track, an immediate and surefire head-turner that screams both radio domination as well as sex appeal. Though this writer's prognostications are seldom correct, the song seems to point towards a bright future come 2014.
That of course is not to meant slight the shuffling and sleek “Reality Dream,” which shimmers and swerves with an effortlessness and zest that makes one think this EP probably came to the band as naturally as folding laundry. Not one to go without a bang, the quintet offer up the cocksure and brazen “Culture Vulture,” an absolute stunner that is as bold as it is expertly crafted. By the time the song ends, the urge to go back to the beginning is far too hard to ignore. Being that Alienation is only four songs, the anticipation for the full-length goes without saying. If this EP is any indication, 2014 should be a giant year for Morning Parade. The 20 minutes that make up Alienation prove exactly that.
I had no idea they had a new EP out. Will investigate pronto.
EDIT: Alright, wow. The self-titled was good, but this is just on another level. The songwriting has progressed leaps and bounds and Steve Sparrow sounds so self-assured. This sound works really well with them: sharper, angrier, bolder.
Basically I will now await 2014 with bated breath.