Prior to releasing any material, Manchester-based Hometruths made an impact around social media when they stuck posters around the UK that quickly became noticed. Supported by this rather cryptic video, they certainly caused a stir and grabbed attention even prior to releasing any tracks. Drawing an interest like that with absolutely no material to back your presence isn’t easy to do, so immediately our curiosity was peaked, and we needed to hear more.
Embers is, quite frankly, an intense as fuck way to begin an EP. Distorted, aggressive vocals fill your ears and as the final line ‘Now is your time to choose,’ is repeated, Hometruths have set the bar for the rest of the tracks to come.
Feral is the first single to have been released from Open Your Eyes, and it’s made waves in the UK scene already, having been picked up on by Alex Baker over at Kerrang! Radio. There’s a certain theme of musical/political activation going on here and throughout the EP, especially in the lyric content. ‘You’re at war with each other // But you are one and the same’ being a prime example of such. It’s been done before that bands turn to pressing a sociopolitical message a few releases in to their career (think Enter Shikari, Architects etc.) but to come in this early, with this striking and direct a message, is pretty unheard of. Bands like to play it safe; definitely not something you’ll ever catch Hometruths doing.
So when they hit us with Feral last month, people took notice. A new band, a fresh outlook, a cynical, aggressive attack on the state of the world today. Feral bleeds into Divide almost seamlessly, Gaz Davies‘ vocals intensifying the fast-paced assault on the senses. That’s not to say the two tracks are too closely similar, though. Far from it, as Hometruths display great diversity throughout all six tracks on this EP and there’s a definite technical genius subtly implemented, too. Without Alex Mac on drums doing such an unsurpassable job, they wouldn’t be as tight-knit as they are.
Vigilante crescendos in with a building riff, easing you in to a slower paced track, yet still showcasing their ability to effectively communicate their message. That message, forgive us if we’re wrong, seems to be one of sheer anger. It’s unrelenting, in everything they do. Gaz‘s gut-wrenching vocals laced with malice grab your attention and command you to listen to every single word he spits in disgust. It’s nothing short of captivating.
Closing track Genocide is just the absolute faultless end that this EP needed. It’s here where Antony Costello and Jack Day tie together with their co-ordinating guitar work to add that extra punch to the track, one that ensures the chugging riffs of Genocide will be the ones stuck in your mind for days after spinning this EP.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out what Hometruths are trying to do, but have they succeeded with Open Your Eyes? I’m going to go for yes, absolutely. It’s all well and good having a message you want to get across, but if the actual material, the music doesn’t draw you in too, then that message might as well be scrawled on a toilet wall in a scummy suburb. It loses its class, its meaning, its context when it’s surrounded by dreary, unimaginative, lazy, carbon copy musicianship. There’s nothing remotely resembling any of those characteristics when you listen to Open Your Eyes, though. They’ve broken the mould whilst simultaneously creating their own signature sound and image. That’s not an easy feat for a band in its infancy to achieve.
You can view the video for the first single Feral below, and the second single will be released this month; although finding out what that will be is down to you. Don’t miss it. The EP is available from 3rd March.
Hometruths hit hard with their debut EP Open Your Eyes, forcing the UK scene to take note.