Hailing from the midlands, Brit-rock five piece Those Who Knew are on course to release their debut EP, New Perspective, later this month. Despite only having formed in 2015, the Notts quintet have already received praise from prestigious institutions, including BBC introducing, and with their debut single 'Losing Touch' teasing fans with a sample of the EP’s potential, the anticipation is certainly on the ascent.
Single 'Losing Touch' takes the top spot on the EP, releasing its infectious sound from the off. Handfuls of charm are apparent, with its buoyant refrain bursting through at the 30 second mark. Their predominantly alt-rock etiquette shines through this single, with a bold backing riff keeping the track strong. The track perfectly establishes TWK’s position on this record; their well-defined dynamic is ultimately the backbone of this release.
Second single 'Shadow in the Sea' holds an indie presence, unlike the rest of the EP, with a visibly heavier sound throughout. The riff takes over this single, making it captivating more so than the other tracks on the EP. With the vocals also coming through considerably stronger, the track has a mature aura, which lacks in the other tracks.
TWK’s sound, whilst soft and bouncy, holds a visibly nostalgic aspect; 'Seventeen' sees their prominently soft sound lay down the path for Greeve’s vocals to come out to play, showcasing an impressive range throughout. Combining these imposing vocal dynamics with Danny Peet’s tight riffs sets this single up for success.
'Nothing Left to Lose' kicks the tempo back up, with a sweeping guitar line opening the track. However, Greeve’s vocals come through stronger than ever, taking the lead on this track. Despite this, the chorus catapults us back down to earth with its newfound sense of grit; something we haven’t yet seen on this release. However, the final chorus key change reminds us that this EP is predominantly a soft-rock experience.
New Perspective shines light on alt-rock, giving us a glimpse of the future in the scene. It's clear that the conciseness of this EP is going to be the determining factor in what keeps people listening; there’s a clear sense of potential for this Notts five-piece, which will be extremely interesting to observe throughout the rest of 2017.
Review by Cait Briggs