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Album Review

Young Guns – Echoes


Exciting, dark and driven.

Label: Wind-Up Records
Released: 16th September 2016

Rating: ★★★★

After 2015’s ‘Ones and Zeros’, Young Guns hurtled back to the studio with vigour, and have released ‘Echoes’ just over a year later. So, what’s changed? Quite a bit, actually.

For starters, the band amicably parted with ways with drummer Ben Jolliffe. Also, their sound seems to have veered away from the arena-seeking choruses of their last musical endeavour. What we are facing now is something exciting, dark and driven.

With thundering rhythm and punchy vocals, ‘Echoes’ is sassy and built for live performance. Gustav Wood’s rich vocals bring passion and hooks to every song; it’s quality pop-rock enveloped in masses of synths and fierce riffs.

The likes of ‘Buried’ and ‘Careful What You Wish For’ are heavier anthems just screaming out to be heard at an excessive volume. The brash guitar distortion of ‘Paranoid’ gives way to ‘Mad World’, marrying pounding drum beats with guitar solos, while the band plunder into the soft celestial wonder of ‘Mercury in Retrograde’.

There’s a soothing rawness to ballad ‘Paradise’, an atmospheric, piano accompanied penultimate track. Dripping with honesty and emotion; this record embraces an older, more theatrical Young Guns with fresher sounds.

‘Echoes’ is a little different, a little more personal and kick-starting a new chapter of Young Guns’ evolution as part of Brit rock’s finest. Nariece Sanderson