If you love the fusion of melodic choruses with hard-hitting riffs and the combination of melodic vocals with contrasting screams, with a bit of synth effects thrown in for good measure, then Leeds rockers FAULTLINES are going to be right up your street.
The quintet of Ryan Booth (vocals), Chris McIntosh and Benji Wilson (guitars), Lee Horner (bass) and Sie Gordon (drums) came together in 2015 after the disbanding of several projects.
We caught up with the band following a whirlwind few months that have included the launch of awesome new single Breathe, and touring alongside our former New Band of the Week InVisions. And first up we asked them to sum up the FAULTLINES background.
They told us: “We’ve had a few line-up changes since we began but our unit is much stronger for it and the drive and ambition has never been bigger. Music has always been a massive part of all our lives and our first EP All We’ve Ever Known is a nod to that. We just love performing, writing and every other aspect that comes from being in a band. It really is like a family!
“It’s hard to put a finger on an actual sound but we love the use of melodies with heavy riffs while incorporating synths and effects to further progress the sonic tonality of our music. Think of it as a mix between Architects, Bieber and Bring Me the Horizon.”
This latter point is, while I’m in no way encouraging any Justin Bieber fans to give it a listen, particularly apt, with FAULTLINES mastering that art of fusing almost pop-like catchiness with big rocking riffs. It’s melodic and catchy, yet brilliantly heavy.
Recent single Breathe is testament to this, opening up with a catchy guitar riff with heavier guitar in support. Catchy vocals lead a verse with big bassy support, then flows into a ridiculously catchy chorus that rounds off with a big hit of guitar riffs. the heaviness is ramped up with a big smash of booming, low-tuned guitars and screamed vocals then flows back into the catchy chorus. Check it out in the energetic video below:
The band’s influences from bands like Hands Like Houses are particularly clear, while they also cite the likes of Northlane and Amity Affliction in inspiring their heavier moments. But it’s the fusion of the catchiness and heaviness that has you begging for more from this exciting new band.
On what influences their writing, the band tell us: “Personal experiences feature heavily in the music we write. Be it struggles with normal life or things in the world we are passionate about. This, we feel, gives us a strong connection to the song and that therefore translates into having a genuine aspect to connect better with the listener. We have a few songs about the struggles with depression and other similar issues which are very personal to the band and try to turn the negatives into positives.