Rating – 3.5/5
Bermuda make an impact on their latest effort, “Bristol Lane” and with it, the band has crafted a track with all the physics that displays a fine display of modern rock songwriting. Blended with an early 2000’s post-hardcore influence, ‘Bristol Lane” shows great potential in a band that should not go under the radar. But is it enough to propel the band to the next level and make the lasting impression they are truly capable of? Only time will tell with the follow to this, but for now “Bristol Lane” is enough to spark interest and keep people occupied.
Opening immediately with a Biffy Clyro sounding guitar riff, the track would fit right in place at any summer festival. It is not hard to imagine a sea of people bouncing in unison as Somersby Cider spills so perfectly on the dry grass. The guitar playing is fierce and the track begins perfectly. The vocals then enter, and at quite a storming pace. With a fantastic vocal display to showcase, the lyrics are loud and clear and the vocal melody falls into place so smoothly. However, the vocals are loud in the mix. The radio-style mix approach is appropriate as the track would fit any playlist in the modern age. However viewing the track from the perspective of its influences, the vocals sit far too loud above the instruments, taking away the whole full band body of the piece of work. It is by no means a bad move, but an unnecessary one. Bermudas instrumentation deserves the same spotlight as the vocals and shouldn’t be left to sit in the cheap seats, at the back of the mix.
The verses work very well. With a progressive build working to add the much-needed impact of the huge sounding chorus. The sections complement each other perfectly and make sense, like a well-written book Bermuda has given an ideal example of how to write a rock song. The grooves are endless and the upbeat approach in the first verse makes a striking impact and the vocal break transition into the chorus is pure Taking Back Sunday (Louder Now era) and the syncopated second verse over the thick sounding vocals will not fail to grip the attention of anybody searching for a new band to listen to.
The solo is barely hearable though. The guitar walks so elegantly between notes but the production fails to give the spotlight to the section. A shame really, as the talent displayed is impressive and once again keeps “Bristol Lane” moving at a momentum that begs not be slowed down. The Nivarna inspired section sounds fantastic and keeps the festival rock atmosphere a-light and is not overplayed and fits the construction of the track flawlessly.
The track comes to a conclusion logically and cements a positive impression of what Bermuda has to offer. Fans of Grunge and bands such as Fightstar and Funeral For a Friend will find solace in this track and hear familiar and enjoyable elements during the duration of this effort. “Bristol Lane” is a perfect introduction to Bermuda, although they have stuck to the rule book of rock songwriting, they do it incredibly well. With some production tweaks, the band has all the potential to genuinely portray themselves as a strong force within the current UK scene.
With some self-assessment, the band can absolutely could be filling venues and making an impact on large festival stages in no time at all. Bermuda are the band to keep your eye, listen to their latest single and pre-order their full length when it is released, if the band mold their sound affectively, Bermuda will be around for a long time.
Review by Rob Kent