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Energy - Apparition Sound

★★★★
Energy - Apparition Sound
Published: 9:00 pm, February 02, 2017
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Label: Shadowland Productions
Released: 3rd February 2017

Rating: ★★★★[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Before they were announced as one of the support acts for Creeper’s much anticipated 2017 headline tour, you’d have been forgiven for not having the faintest clue who Energy were. The Massachusetts goth-punks have hardly had a sniff of attention from the UK since forming in 2006. The thing is, listening to the rabid, raucous, rousing performance on display on ‘Apparition Sound’, it’s simply baffling as to how they’ve struggled to make an impact until now. Energy are a brilliant band.

From the moment instrumental opener ‘Renascentia’ kicks in with its spooky soundscapes, it becomes glaringly obvious as to how Energy have influenced Creeper: they deal in the same blend of goth, glam, pop and horror-punk that the Southampton six-piece are currently in the process of taking to the masses.

But enough about Will Gould and co. – ‘Apparition Sound’ is a record which is easily strong enough to stand on its own two feet. There’s the pop-punk purity of ‘Another Yesterday’, the My Chemical Romance-esque grandiosity of ‘Dead In Dreamland’ and the anthemic ‘The Shadowlands’, all delivered with a convincing blend of pomp and precision. The “down here in the Shadowlands, I’m running away” chorus of the latter in particular is evidence of Energy’s knack for killer songwriting. They even manage to make The Ramones’ most gothy song, 'Pet Sematary', even eerier on their superb cover of said track.

Such is Energy’s penchant for combining the ghostly with guitars, if the makers of a horror film wanted a punk band to soundtrack their flick, they’d be the ideal guys for the job. There aren’t many bands around who can express goth-punk sentiments as convincingly as these guys.

If you’re going to the Creeper shows in March – and let’s face it, you should be – make sure you get down early and check out Energy. You won’t regret it. Jake Richardson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1429970289830{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_video link="
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