Colchester band Ellis Red have spent two years working on their sound in preparation for their debut EP. The result is V:VI - six tracks of melodic rock awesomeness!
It’s melodic enough to satisfy the classic rock fan but gritty and punky enough to appeal to the younger metal fans. Bones and Beauty jump starts the album with a guitar riff and pounding drum intro which resonates through the track. It’s a refreshing modern rock track, with a splattering of retro thrown in to create their distinct sound (think the Killers meets Green Day). Trust Your Enemies, is one of strongest track here and has already been played on Radio 1. It has a catchy commercial rock chorus coupled with some terrific vocals and displays of musicianship. It’s definitely the track to put Ellis Red on the map and I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more of this song over the next few months.
My Promise is an example of the band’s ability to work outside the usual rock formula by throwing in different layers and musical textures and a couple of more advanced chord progressions. Owed To Freedom continues where My Promise left off, not only with the sparing use of electo but also a lyrically and musical mature entry to the EP. Time and Place returns to the more power chord sound in an upbeat retro track. The Beautiful Race is another track with the driving power of an original and superb modern rock sound. Time And Place is anthemic and probably the most commercial – possible single material. If this EP is anything to go by this band is worth seeing live, guaranteed to have you up and dancing. Can’t wait for the album and tour to kick Ellis Red into the spotlight.