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New interview with Nya online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 4th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The UK’s upcoming melodic groove metal outfit Nya have been in the studio with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead, Kids In Glass Houses). Ed James, who is part of the Nya Street Team recently interviewed vocalist Nesh and guitarist Dan about their upcoming EP. The interview is as follows:

Ed: Since the release of the last Ep “Driving The Nails In” what’s changed?

Dan: The line-up and sound has matured a lot since the last release. Our new rhythm section featuring drummer Lars Wickett and Bassist ‘Woody‘ has created a dynamic that is like a breath of fresh air to our new material.
Nesh: Since the last EP we have spent time on our sound, the tones and textures that blend well with the music we are writing- which means our fans can expect to hear a wider sound with more layers but keeping the grit that grounds our sound.

Ed: What is it like working with Romesh and what has he brought to your Sound?

Nesh: Romesh adds insight like a 6th member of the Band, it’s a non-bias ear which works wonders for the final layers of the Recording process.

Ed: What has been your favourite part of the recording process so far?

Dan: It was extremely refreshing to be able to ‘feel’ the tone rather than have to wait for it to be re-amped and it was great to see first-hand what Romesh was able to add to the songs creatively through sounds and textures. I’d like to be able to always track this way!

Ed: What can people expect from the New EP?

Nesh: The new EP blends grit and dirty riffs with a melodic undertone and a powerful set of lungs on top to round it off.
Dan: It’s a bigger production with more dynamics and a sound that we feel represents where our head space is at right now.

Nya are due to head back into the Studio to finish work on the EP in March but in the mean time they have released the Longwave Sessions Sampler which has been mastered by Robin Schmidt at 2496 Mastering (Mumford & Sons, Don Broco, Heaven’s Basement). The sampler is available for streaming below and download.

Nya are still yet to announce the release date of the new, currently untitled,  EP but the new release is set to have the band exploding back onto the scene.

Nya online:

http://nyaofficial.com
http://facebook.com/nyaofficial

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Ellerker – Ellerker [2011]

Posted in 'Core, CD with tags , , , , , on 19th September 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

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