LOUDER REVIEWS:'Warriors' - Rews
Deeply melodic and showing a stinging attitude, Rews command their craft with the precision of classic rock and the raucous snarl of grunge and alternative. The riffs are powerful and distinctive, the melodies exquisitely fun, and their distinguished sound is underpinned by an effervescent rhythm section. Their second album, Warriors is a showcase in sharp, acerbic songcrafting and insanely memorable hook crafting – all the elements mentioned above hold fast and strong throughout the frenetic full length, while the production lends a distinct yet not detracting crispness to these eleven anthems. Are the influences sharply demonstrated? Certainly, though nowhere does that belittle the cleverness or personality that’s flaunted from start to finish.
‘Birdsong’ provides that bite of relentlessness, in the subtle development from seething and menacing to euphorically liberating. The impassioned chorus of ‘spread your wings and fly’ proves immediately captivating – just as the visceral post-chorus, employing yet more tension, prepares the listener for a diverse albeit memorable experience. Just as thrilling is ‘Razorblade’ – the swaggering strut reinforced by a dominant bass-line and fuzz-laden guitars, each element bearing a smirking sense of rebellion.
Poignantly, an element Rews utilise to entrancing effect is that sense of insurgence and revolution. Tracks in the vein of the villainous ‘Monsters’ and the wild ‘Love-Hate Song’ seem to scream in the face of anyone who would stand in the way of ambition and self-fulfillment – concepts anyone can relate to. In bringing that sensation to life, many of the anthems here play with changeable time signatures or capricious contrasts, often spilling over into impassioned lead breaks or inspired crescendos.
Don’t think from the crass and wild nature of these tracks, that these musicians lack maturity and artistry in their songwriting. ‘Heart On Fire’ proves a brilliant example of a song that stacks tension with clever, astute development in such a way that the chorus seizes the listener with all the passion which you can tell the band has for the piece. ‘Move On’ is equally as impassioned, underpinned a sense of brooding anger fused with remorse for a character who refuses to let go of the past, the piece brilliantly utilises altering dynamics to lend to that sense of conflicted feelings, and emotional searching.
Vitally, Rews are an example of an act that exquisitely counteract rock-songcrafting with chaos and vigour. One step one way or the other, and the combination might not be as convincing. By keeping that mixture in check throughout though, they exude passionate energy, which appeals to the needs of memorability and relatability, which lie at the heart of the human passion for music.
‘Warriors’ is out now via Marshall Records.
Check out the video for ‘Warriors’ below: