When I first put ‘All The Time In The World’, the debut EP from Newcastle Upon Tyne based Last Transmission, into my player I knew exactly what they were going to sound like! WRONG... I was assuming again and I’m slowly learning (thank goodness) that you really cannot judge a CD by its press release. Last Transmission are described in said release as a band who create “soaring rhythms and almost effortlessly crafted alt-rock melodies” and “were brought together by a mutual affection for Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers and Jimmy Eat World”. Now, whilst I’m sure much of that is true, it was the term ‘alt-rock’ that threw me. They just do not sound like your typical alternative rock band (I’m very pleased about that, of course) and the more I listen to the EP the more I think it has to do with the singing of vocalist/guitarist Michael Blackwell. This man has a fantastic set of pipes that takes Last Transmission far away from the realms of alt-rock and into melodic rock territory. Musically, there are, what you might call some ‘alternative’ passages but, generally, I can hear stuff that wouldn’t really be out of place on the Frontiers or AOR Heaven record labels and that is meant as a huge compliment to Last Transmission on my part.
‘All The Time In The World’ contains five tracks, ‘All You Left Behind’, ‘Anything To Anyone’, ‘Mess You Make’, ‘24’ and ‘Separate Ways’, full to bursting of hooks and melodies, four of which could quite easily be great singles, and you’ll be hard pushed to actually believe these guys come from Newcastle unless, of course, there is also a Newcastle somewhere on the West Coast of the USA. Richard Davies (guitar & vocals), Adam Forster (drums) & Danny Pitson (bass & vocals), although it does say on the EP cover that Blackwell also plays bass, provide the perfect band for the vocals with some excellent playing, especially in the guitar department. Production is also good, without being overdone, and the whole thing flows like a good wine.
Last Transmission are a real ‘find’ for me, mixing the alternative and melodic genres brilliantly well. They seem to have more than successfully plugged a gap in the market with their sound and each time the EP finishes I am finding myself pressing ‘repeat’! Considering these guys have only been around since 2012, ‘All The Time In The World’ really is way better than anyone could have expected, with a maturity and swagger that many established bands would love to capture. If they can keep this quality of songwriting going then I am more than looking forward to the first full length album.
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
Review by Rick Tilley
17th June 2013
1) All You Left Behind
2) Anything to Anyone
3) Mess You Make
5) Seperate Ways
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"...a maturity and swagger that many established bands would love to capture."