Reviewed: Chasing August – Call The Cavalry

Rating – 5/5

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Shropshire four-piece Chasing August appear to have been working incredibly hard for the last couple of years. Their debut, self-titled album was released in late 2018, and was followed in 2019 by three brand new singles. If most recent of which, Call The Cavalry, is anything to go by, then this band is destined for huge things.

In contrast to their debut album which appears to be predominantly of indie influence, Call The Cavalry adopts a heavier alternative rock sound, with distorted guitars, aggressive drums, and a generally grander feel – somewhere between Catfish and the Bottlemen, Fatherson, and The Maine. The punchy indie-style guitars in the opening verse quickly give way to a dirtier and heavier texture for the chorus. This sudden change makes the chorus hit hard with a huge anthemic sound. The chant-like ‘woahs’ make it not too dissimilar to The Maine’s song ‘Inside of You,’ but Call The Cavalry feels more grown-up, more genuine, and packs a hell of a punch.

There are so many small things that when combined together make this such a strong single. The band plays with various textures throughout, constantly developing, meaning it never gets boring or repetitive, always feeling fresh. The punchy, ascending riff on guitar and bass in the verses builds anticipation, hooking you in, letting you know it is building to a great climax. All the while, the drums keep the groove extremely tight and push the song along effortlessly.

The feature that makes Call The Cavalry what it is however, is the lead vocals. They are strong, warm, and enticing, particularly in the chorus. The rich tones are captivating and feel like the anchor keeping the band firmly in place. They undoubtably take this song to another level.

Call The Cavalry is a finely crafted rock song, and is a huge step from Chasing August’s debut album. Every second oozes professionalism. The musicianship is outstanding and the production flawless. It wouldn’t sound out of place at all on the main stage of Reading and Leeds, and if there’s more where this came from, that could soon very much be a reality.

Review by Will Cooper

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