Every so often when reviewing new material you come across that band that has just got it right. They have drawn on influences but stayed original, had a story that has shaped the tracks and convey a message that rings a relatable truth. As listeners we are enticed to solely tune into the music and allow it to take you to a certain place in a dreamlike state. The latest EP Lucid Trail by The Gallerys does just that.
The EP was recorded at Square Head Studios in Sittingbourne Kent and it was expertly mixed, produced and mastered by Dave Young and James Simpson.
In the opener “Lucid Trail,” we are hit with an impactful indie/rock acoustic number that really sets the tone of the EP. The track illuminates The Gallerys song writing talents; James Wood’s lead vocal is exceptional and draws a raw emotion. The backing vocals from Craig Barden and Dan Maggs produce perfect harmonies which creates a unique depth to the track. Lucid Trail conveys a powerful message about a struggle to overcome anxiety and although “the lucid trail is hard to find sometimes… in time you’ll figure you have done just fine.” When listening to the lyrics it really inspired me to take time to self-reflect. It is a hit for us as it has all the elements of a top track and we are not surprised that there is such an excitable buzz surrounding The Gallerys. Lucid Trail also has a music video…that must have been unbearably cold at the end!
Shadow Street, the second track on the EP offers a change in dynamic and we begin to pick up the pace and open up into that classic Britpop 60’s influence. Crunchy guitar drives through the track and guarantees to send fans into frenzy. So if going to one of The Gallerys gigs is not on your 2019 to do list then you should really fix that. Shadow Street is all about being born and growing up in gloomy circumstances and how you can channel inner ambitions to get out of these circumstances.
The third track on the EP is titled Steady Beat and draws on influences from punk rock, Britpop and new wave genres. This track cranks the EP up another notch I found myself driving along and turning this one up just a touch. Steady Beat carries over a similar message from the previous tracks and expresses how it can be difficult for young individuals to make money in the modern age.
It can be a struggle sometimes to balance creative ambitions like being in a band, acting, writing and being in a relationship; this is what the final track Silver Lining is all about. The track is 60’s influenced rock with outstanding dual harmonies. The vocals throughout the entire EP are first class but they really do shine in Silver Lining. My personal favourite arrangement is the harmonies at around 2:11. They are constructed and executed beautifully and contribute so much to the passion behind the track.
The Gallerys have really upped the level with this latest release and we cannot wait for what the future holds for them. We have added them to the Raw Step Network playlist and we suggest you add them to yours!
12th Jan – The Black Market VIP Venue,
10 George Street, Hastings, East Sussex