WORDS : ROB KENT

Glorious are your new favourite Hardcore band. Members of two of the finest British modern bands have joined forces to unite their creativity and formulate the Unashamed EP. The band, made up of members of Renounced and Employed to Serve, have crafted an EP that takes the finest elements of British hardcore and combines them with a fresh take on modern music. Resulting in an innovative and exhilarating EP that any fan of heavy music should be investing their time into this summer.

Lyrically I wouldn’t say it’s a million miles away from subjects we’ve touched on before, the lyrics are just much more straight to the point on this

Guitarist Sammy Urwin comments how, as a musician, he was able to build the songs  to separate Glorious from other projects and give the music its own identity. “I feel it’s quite easy to differentiate between the projects when writing, particularly with Glorious as it’s so different from anything I’ve been involved with before. It probably helps that I’m not the main songwriter in Renounced, so I don’t feel the pressure of coming up with the majority of an album by myself. Dan Rayner writes the most and I come in with like 2-3 tracks for an album” showing how the guitar player has learned to portion his ability to tailor for the appropriate artistic output. A skill within itself, revealing how Sam has matured as a guitarist and gained the ability to be tastull with his artistic expression and knows how to compliment whom he is writing with.

But creating new music means taking influence from new albums and sources. Combining the influence from records that have inspired other projects in this band would have been slightly useless. So the band took to their record collections to search for assistance in the songwriting for the EP.

I think sometimes you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to your self-talk

“It’s almost a completely different set of influences for this compared to our other bands. It’s more bands like Inside Out, Heresy, Farside and Fugazi that are influencing this project. Lyrically I wouldn’t say it’s a million miles away from subjects we’ve touched on before, the lyrics are just much more straight to the point on this” comments the guitar player, revealing how being a broad listener of music can be channeled into producing so many contrasting but excellent projects.

However the release of the EP comes during a global pandemic, not an ideal time for maximum promotion, but an ideal time for fans to obtain extended listening time. But this EP was created during “normal times” in January of 2019. Sammy reflects on the state of the band eighteen months ago .”I wrote it early last year. It took a little while to get it all moving, it was the usual thing of finding people who are free to commit to a band, but once we got Kurt, Casp and Nathan on board and  it all moved pretty fast from there. Now we’re a full band, it will be more of a collaborative effort but I guess I wanted to set the overall tone for what the band is going to sound like and then get like minded people involved. We recorded this January just gone at The Ranch with Lewis Johns, so yeah back in ‘normal times’. Already feels like an age ago”.

Vocalist Justine Jones gives her final thoughts on summarizing the lyrical content on EP “I think sometimes you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to your self-talk. I’m naturally an optimistic person so it’s not so hard but I do find it easy to soak in any negativity around me so I think it’s important to remind yourself of the good things you have going on” showing how the vocalist has implanted her own past self struggles to promote a positive message of self positivity”

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