Soundtrack For Your Life, the debut album from Telford’s Envy Of The State was released this week. And it is well worth buying if you like good rock music.
I review quite a few new bands and debut albums for the Glasswerk National website. There is some good new music out there and I enjoy the opportunity to hear bands that I might otherwise have missed.
And every so often I come across a band that really deserves to make it big – like Envy Of The State.
I received a preview copy of the album a couple of weeks ago and was instantly impressed. Although it has only 10 tracks and clocks in at just 33 minutes it has tremendous vitality. The band gives us the type of meaty guitar riffs and infectious choruses that add up to a dynamic and powerful rock sound.
And last weekend I saw Envy Of The State play a tremendous live set in Glasgow and also had the pleasure of interviewing the band afterwards. They are a fine bunch of guys as well as great musicians.
A bit more about the album.
The opening Rags To Riches (Riches To Rehab) sets the tone nicely with lead singer Scott Adams displaying his impressive range as his vocals soar over a potent mix. Silver Screen then continues at a pace, with Darrell Smith’s solid guitar playing and excellent solo work very much to the fore.
Up next is the single, Take Over The Radio, which is very much a summertime track. This is a song simply made to be played loud while cruising in a convertible on a sunny day, with its anthemic chorus built onto some fine guitar riffs. Ben Millington’s drums propel the beat forward and punctuate a fine track with energy and purpose.
While Angels Are Sleeping features power chords, soaring high pitched vocals and a bass line from Steve Tipton that thrusts into an already insistent sound, which rises and falls before coming to a fine climax.
Attract Me With Fire is pretty standard rock fare punctuated by an acoustic bridge that contrasts nicely with the crunching guitar that prevails for most of the track.
Lives Collide starts slowly before an incendiary guitar solo lifts it to new heights. Adams again displays his vocal range to good effect; his delivery admirably complementing the track’s changing rhythms. A fine slice of rock music.
The title track, Devil In My Eyes and Blind are really more of the same. Good, solid rock music, nothing more and nothing less. They maintain the fast pace that characterises the album and rush by in a passionate frenzy.
Our Time closes the album with an insistent energy that rises from a solid start to a soaring chorus before the guitar kicks in one last time. At almost five minute, this is the longest track on the album and perhaps the best. Again anthemic and dynamic, the listener is left with feet tapping and a desire to reach straight for the repeat button.
The album is now available through all of the usual outlets to buy or download. My suggestion: go get it. Get it now!
And mark the name Envy Of The State. I have a feeling we will be hearing much more of them.