After six months with no music being released, Birmingham’s Baddreams return with their latest single entitled The Glass which takes influence from the early 2000s post-hardcore movement while adding their own modern elements to the mix. This second single from the band tells the true tale of vocalist Sam Hennerly dealing with anxiety and discussing the haunting reality that comes with modern life. Taking the likes Converge, Glassjaw and Thursday as their musical influence and placing this with an open letter of lyrics from an ever-talented vocalist, the band’s second single is nothing short of an excellent piece of work.
The beginning of the track this track, however, does not immediately intrigue interest. The song begins with a filtered fade-in of a breakdown which sounds lazy and cheap, a well-crafted introduction with some more melodic guitars would have been much nicer to hear and would have created a greater degree of anticipation, contrast and impact for when Hennerly enters the song with his screams. However, the track quickly turns in to a display of creative chaos as the tracks takes full force with its explosive guitars, tight drumming, and emotional vocal display.
The single promptly brings to light that “The Glass” features a much heavier side to the band as previously seen on debut single “Question Everything”. The thick impactful guitars from Ishmael Roberts are at full force in this song and give a great pace and feel to the track throughout. However Hennerlys voice is given a very raw Punk display in the production, which doesn’t ideally fit with the band’s potential sound, the vocals are lacking some reverb and are denied the dark post-hardcore atmosphere they should contain. Drummer Harry Charlton has put his true skill set on the table with excellent fills, tremendous double-kick work, and bouncing rhythms, he adds the perfect backdrop for the guitars to shine through.
The pace changes in this are also very tasteful and the song is broken up nicely, the midsection is especially good in the track with it adding a driving tempo that will set a live setting on fire. The breakdown is also incredibly heavy and is everything this band needed to prove that they have an aggressive element in themselves and transitions very nicely into a two-step section to close the song out.
Baddreams are set for success, they have once again taken a perfect recipe from the early days of a forward-thinking genre and applied a contemporary spin to it. The band has captured everything to continue the excitement that is driving them and Baddreams are defiantly on their way to huge things, if they figure out their identity in terms of production, this band can absolutely be at the forefront of a whole new breed of post-hardcore success.
Written by: Rob Kent