Dream State - Recovery | EP Review

Welsh post-hardcore upstarts Dream State were covered recently on these here pages as ones to watch out for in 2018 - certainly prophetic as the band have so far been announced to play several festivals throughout the summer including 2000 Trees, Download and Slam Dunk as well as supporting appearances with Japanese pop metallers Babymetal. To accompany the band’s rising star comes their latest EP, Recovery, featuring their white-hot viral hit ‘White Lies’ as well as followup single and equally irrepressible rager ‘In This Hell’ as well as three brand new tracks that surely have big shoes to fill given the runaway success of the previous singles.

By all accounts, Recovery is the sound of Dream State continuing to forge their own path and evolve their sound further without sacrificing the rough around the edges, impossible to suppress bounce and huge hooks that characterises them. New track ‘Help Myself’ charges forward with glee, bouncing from verse to chorus, to softly sung passage and back again; ‘Solace’ is a different beast entirely, with near gang shouts during the chorus and even more emotionally fraught than their usual fare, slowing things down but closing on the rousing line “this is your place, this is your time”. Finally we have last new track ‘New Waves’ that picks the pace right back up with a bouncy rhythm that almost gallops with stop-start guitars that underpin vocalist CJ’s soaring melodies, sounding almost like old-school Paramore in parts but always with a raw edge and undertone of vulnerability. The guitars almost fall into djent territory on occasion but thankfully pull back before losing it utterly. The song closes with the line “I just wanna make new waves and find a new way out” before song fades out completely.

The new songs are a clear progression from earlier work, keeping the poppier sensibilities but melding more post-hardcore and metal into their work. Songs become even more emotionally charged and given that the band write from their own experiences it sounds utterly sincere. There’s clear progression from first EP Consequences, the band clearly still growing comfortable in their groove but continually pushing themselves and their sound further, without losing what characterised them in the first place. Recovery is another promising instalment in Dream State’s discography, one that keeps getting stronger with every release.

Score: 7/10