Following their debut double A-side single, THE WATERFRONT / DREAMS OF YESTERDAY, released in October of last year, Leeds band THE CALLS have announced their forthcoming GARAGELAND EP, out on 18 March.
THE CALLS debut single was recorded with and produced by KEIRON MELLING of THE FALL, and there are not many bands that can tell you a member of The Fall is a fan of their music, but THE CALLS can. The new GARAGELAND EP was recorded with and produced by MICKEY DALE of EMBRACE. These people wanted to work with THE CALLS; they recognise a passion, a strength, an energy and an uncompromising streak that appeals to them. And who can blame them?
The GARAGELAND EP features four tracks. Unlike many EPs the first track is not the lead track; the last track is not a throwaway bonus. These songs all stand on their own merit, on their own two feet. They appear in the order they do because they sound better that way; the continuity is sharper; and the exhilaration lasts until the final second. There’s no aristocracy here.
ON THE STAIRS, despite its change of pace, is two and a bit minutes of relentless energy with a bass that sounds so dirty it should probably be illegal; BACK IN TOWN narrates a three minute vignette of regret and a lover lost with a sublime and subtle reggae rhythm amidst towers of ferocious guitars; TALES OF LOVERS AND THIEVES offers brief instrumental interludes before rising towards its thrilling crescendo; and WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND, like many great songs, recognises the importance of fleeting, almost-gone-before-you-know-it moments of silence. It gives the song an element of uncertainty; of teetering, like many of THE CALLS songs, upon collapse.
But there’s never any real danger of that. THE CALLS know what they’re doing. A brief pause in the vocals; a momentary catch-you-off-guard rhythm change; it all adds to the appeal. These songs could be more traditional, less challenging, more orthodox, but where would be the fun in that?
THE CALLS, despite their youth, have seemingly grown up with a soundtrack that, amongst others, has encompassed The Clash, The Jam, Bob Marley, perhaps early Arctic Monkeys [and you’d be hard pushed to find a better quartet than those]; echoes of all of them subtly apparent here and there without ever straying, even momentarily, towards plagiarism. THE CALLS sound like THE CALLS. The songs are intricate and exciting, the lyrics witty and clever. It makes you wonder why other bands haven’t thought of it.
To celebrate the GARAGELAND EP release, THE CALLS will be playing the following shows, with further dates to be announced shortly:
Thu 17 LEEDS Beckett University
Fri 25 HULL Kardomah 94
In the meantime you can listen to the GARAGELAND EP here: