Miss Vincent unveil new EP Somewhere Else, and whilst the band are put forward as punk rock, Somewhere Else comes far closer to a pop rock sound. Yet there’s nothing wrong with this, with a well rounded and produced finish, featuring plenty of influence from various denominations of punk.
The band bring forward differing sounds from gloomy opener Cold Hands having a slow intro on an organ before a fast paced track kicks in, with both drums, bass and guitar equally leading. The significance of this track opening the record, comes from the band steering themselves in a new direction, with vocalist and guitarist Alex Marshall saying “”We’ve always had a dark tinge to our music, and that’s definitely present in both the feel and the lyrical content of the new EP”. The track definitely gets a macabre atmosphere from the get go, both musically and lyrically, with lines like “I will not forget you so easily” the song address a problematic relationship and its breakdown. The chorus features an ear-worm of a hook. However, this is juxtaposed in places to The Lovers; the track the band chose to release as a lead single for the EP. The Lovers, whilst keeping a similar vibe in lyrics, have a really bright poppy essence to them during the verses, that really compliments Marshall’s vocals. Pre-chorus line, “Hope is a poisonous drug, so let’s go get high and give up” however proves the band are maintaining their darker vibe.
While Beauty in Darkness again maintains the morbid nature to the lyrical content, the majority of the song is a stripped back, somber and quiet track. Soft drumming from Jack Donnelly, keeps the beat of the track flowing, whilst a soft repetitive guitar pattern from Lawrie Pattison support Marshall’s vocals and echo the tone of the emotion in his voice and lyrics. The band head towards the track’s close with a far heavier and driven section before the original tone of the song comes in before fading out.
The record runs for less than twenty minutes, yet in five songs the band explore various different sounds whilst keeping a consistent lyrical vibe which is also manifested within the instrumentation. It’s definitely a great place to build from to work towards a debut album now the band are more clear on what sound they wish to pursue.