English band, Bastions, have recently given to us the pleasure to hear their new EP, “Bedfellows: Part 2: The Forgotten Daughter”, which is thematically linked to the previous one (“Bedfollows : Part 1: The Bastard Son”). I, personally, had never heard about them and I was highly surprised by their music. While hearing from time to time the kind of same music everyday, discovering a new sound is always a pleasure. Passionate and aggressive, that’s how I would have described that EP. Heavy guitars, heavy sound, a poetic violence that feels good to hear, somehow perceived as an outlet.
Empty Vessel, the first track of ‘Bedfellows: Part 2’, announces a really tense music where Jamie Burne, speaks tirelessly, as the music starts getting louder and louder, where the sound of drum and guitars gets faster and faster, as out of control. Lyrics and long riffs, for these punk hardcore songs, there’s nothing else to add and that’s because it’s just perfect as it is. 5 tracks that prove that somehow, instrumental and screaming can create a beautiful harmony, compared to a lot of other songs that dissociate them. By ending with Murmuring, Bastions leaves the place to a song, where Burne sings his heart out, as the music is exploding slowly. Beautifully heartbraking. The choice of ending this EP with a softer track gives the listener a way to calm down after the previous tracks where agressivity ruled. With ‘Bedfellows’ (2), Bastions proves that music can still surprise us. A tortuous EP, poetically screamed that is a delight.
Bastions – ‘Bedfellows : The Forgotten Daughter’, released on January 27th, through Holy Roar Records
Words by Emma F.
Special thanks to Alex F. at Holy Roar Records