Sheffield band Sobriquet have honed a thrilling post-hardcore sound that fuses moments of melody with eccentric, hard-hitting aggression and huge amounts of energy.
The quintet of Ludovico Fahey (vocals), Tom Green-Morgan and Jake Askew (guitars), Michael Chilton (bass) and James ‘Tuner’ Turner (drums and backing vocals) – who tell us “We really tried hard to come up with a better name” – all met at university before setting about honing their sound.
On it, the band tell us: “It’s quite a dense, tangled sound in the sense that there are lots of things going on all the time. It’s for people who like angular riffs but still like big chunky ones too.”
Our latest offering of this is the new single Eros, which was released last month. It opens up with a cool little riff that dives into heavier bursts of guitar, which are soon joined by an eerie backing synth sound. Wild growls lead us into an energetic opening verse, which drops into a more singalong chorus of “This life will surely drag us down, Force the boots upon our heads into the ground, If there isn’t anybody left around, To hear our desperate voices ever make a sound, Though we try out best to turn the other cheek, And the fat and stupid feed upon the weak, The fools’ ship will one day run aground, With its fetid cargo left behind to drown.”
The second verse continues the angsty, shouted vocals with the delightful vocals “Ogres, Scumbags and parasites, These bigot troglodytes, The time for talk is now over, The cure is a fist to the mouth, And they deserve no sympathy from better human beings, And we will share no empathy for cowards, thugs and fiends who hide behind a screen.” The second chorus gives way to wild screams over stabs of guitar before building up to a final blast of the chorus.
On the track, the band told us: “We’ve had a brilliant reception of the track so far, we’re glad it’s connected with a lot of people since we’ve not released anything for a year. For those who haven’t heard it, it’s a noisy piece of post-hardcore, in the vein of bands like Glassjaw.”
And there’s much of where this came from, going back to the band’s excellent debut EP Akeldana. This includes the brilliant Auto-de-Fé, which opens with a lively riff then big diving guitars come in under Ludovico’s wild screams that grow into more melodic vocals. A second chorus gives way to a cool darting riff, then screamed vocals build up to a big rocky ending. Give it a listen below:
On the band’s musical influences, they tell us: “Rolo Tomassi are a big influence in the sense that they have no boundaries, and can incorporate loads of different styles with ease. We’d love to be able to do that with our music and have a discography full of variety.
“For our live show, we really admire bands that create an unpredictable live atmosphere and have a strong visual element, and we want to channel that into our shows. A gig shouldn’t just be the songs played back perfectly, it should be an experience in itself.”
And on what inspires them to write music, the band explain: “There’s no particular theme. We try and stay away from generic political ‘call to arms’ and we’re not interested in writing songs about relationships either. We tend to pick a particular situation, for example, the Charlottesville riots are the lyrical centre of Eros, and expand upon that.”
We’re loving the sound of Sobriquet, with huge riffs and engaging vocals dominating their delicious post-hardcore noise. And the good news is there’s more to come soon as they’re heading into the studio shortly, so keep an eye out!