Ellerker – Ellerker [2011]

Band: Ellerker
Album: Ellerker
Release year: 2011
Genre: Melodic Post-Hardcore


Ellerker, having formed in 2006, have done well for themselves in the British hardcore underground, receiving various sponsorships and creating a live act that they are renowned for. After a two hiatus [2008-2010], the Yorkshire quintet came back bigger and better, with 2011 seeing the release of their self-titled EP.

”An Anchor Holds Me Under” begins with a great melodic intro which has a hook that catches the ear of the listener the first time round, though the clean vocals sound somewhat generic, leaving something to be desired. The drums fit perfectly with the music though and the sound quality is superb. There are some hardcore elements that can be heard throughout the track, despite the mostly melodic and soft riffs. Already the EP is off to a better-than-average start.

“Find Your Own Way Home” has a heavier sound than the previous song whilst still keeping the clean, melodic sound. The vocals still leave a lot to be desired, staying clean as opposed to the use of hardcore screams that fans of the genre would be accustomed to. The drums are tight throughout the song. The use of gang vocals throughout parts of the song adds an interesting touch to the song as well. The third track “She Loves Machines” has a more vocal-dominated introduction, a welcome change for those who aren’t so keen on melodic intros. The guitars seem to be quite bland compared to the rest of the EP, with the vocals being the most impressive part of the track.

”Carmy” brings back the melodic intro, a welcome change to the average sounding guitars of the previous track. The vocals still leave room for improvement though the guitar sections are near enough perfect, with some obvious hints of hardcore influences in their composition. The EP finishes with “Blinded By The Rear View Mirror”. The song packs a lot more energy than the rest of the EP put together and the riffs are very pleasing to the ear, though the massive use of cymbals does get tiring after a while.

Ellerker’s self-titled EP is certainly interesting one and certainly one that will shock fans of post-hardcore. The only major issues with the EP is the bland and not-so-exciting sound of the third track and the vocals. However, the sound quality of the EP is superb and shows that Ellerker take the production of their releases seriously. The Yorkshire quintet have shown a lot of potential and talent with this EP, so no doubt there will be great things from these guys in the near future.

3/5

Nico Davidson

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