Seed – Shackland Session [EP]
Reviewed by Paul Fellowes
Seed are a Glaswegian band who, rather unsurprisingly, don’t give out much in the way of who they are – other than their location and a hobby of ‘drinking tea’. It’s become a noticeable trend, and one that sometimes excites, but often annoys me, but, maybe their music speaks for itself.
Their Shackland Sessions EP consists of 6 tracks and has already become, to me, somewhat of a phenomenon because it hasn’t had many plays, but beholds some pretty impressive things.
Within the first few minutes of any of their songs, it is noticeable that their music consists of elements that we’ve all become apparent to and welcomed – due to successes like Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars or Jamie N Commons.
Opener, The River is a song that omits the very essence of deeply Southern American music – despite it being from Glasgow – and allows the similarities to the above names to be easy. However, I did find that I wanted more from the vocal when the climax within the music hit. I feel that it lacked somewhat in power and emotion towards the end.
However, following track, Revolution undoubtedly did it for me. The harmonies catch in the ear like a dream and the song doesn’t have the same anti-climactic scenery than that of The River. This might be due to the vocals slightly raised pitch, the attention to detail in song construction and, of all the most simple things, the tempo. It’s full, fearless and suggests that the title may become a reality – very powerful.
Unity breaks the mould in the way of comparisons as it doesn’t have quite the same feel as The Civil Wars, nor Jamie N Commons … I’m still, however, very sure that I can hear the twang of Mumford & Sons throughout this though, as if they have embraced a love-child with The Arctic Monkeys. The track has a strong edge about it with the bassy riffs and harshness throughout – can someone explain to me the scream just before the minute mark though?
Despite the sinister bass slaps that interact and somewhat insist themselves upon the relatively light guitars and banjoes that are used [Friday the 13th], I really do love this track. The vocalist has definitely changed here and sounds like Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil, which may be part of the reason that it’s great.
An incredible way to start a track is on an impressively psychedelic and catchy tune that then becomes complemented with harmonies beyond comparison. Inside is a song that has a wailing quality about it that only few seem to get away with – The almost Indian-antique feel to it that has been sculpted into a modern rock song is also intriguing and makes me keep listening again and again.
EP closer, Questions sticks very much to a common and simplistic rock vibe that really takes the whole EP by storm. It’s easiness is very relaxing and the change in vocalist, once again, makes for something brand new, Like little American band Tigers On Trains. I think this was the best choice to finish on and quite possibly the best song on the EP.
Overall, the EP is very professionally executed and showcases that Seed are versatile and talented in many ways [most notably in the fact that they not only recorded the EP, but mastered it themselves]. A brilliant debut.