THE WILD LIES
In the early 1990s one of the bands I used to play with did a gig in High Wycombe. It was our ‘Bad News’ moment...three people in the audience and they let the dog in for free! It was a running joke from then on that we should never mention the place again as nothing good would ever come out of it. Well, I could be ready to eat my words because High Wycombe is where The Wild Lies come from and, with ‘Jack’s Out The Box’, they have delivered a pretty convincing debut EP. For those that regularly read my reviews, you’ll know that I’m not so keen on the alternative and metalcore genres of rock & metal and looking at this band you might think that is the area The Wild Lies solely ply their trade...WRONG.
Opening track ‘Falling’ commences with a thunderous 80s classic rock riff; a cascade of drums and the scene is set for a thoroughly enjoyable twenty minutes. What sets this band apart from the current trend of 70s and 80s retro bands is that they add a very modern metal twist to proceedings, musically and vocally, especially in the choruses, and it works well, more so than I could have imagined. Of the five songs on offer, four are up-tempo, superbly catchy affairs, played with real passion, zeal and great guitar solos that should have fans of several genres of rock, including, dare I say it, those of Kerrang & Rock Sound Magazines jumping up and down in delight. Ballad ‘Beginning To End’, the other track, is also good. It’s clear, concise and has great lyrics, proving this band are no one trick pony. Production is excellent and they have also made a couple of fairly decent promo videos which should be checked out.
I’m pretty impressed with this and Matt James, Rob Gamble, Dylan Smith and Ralph Morris should be applauded for being a young, modern band that have also studied the heritage of rock properly and realise, unlike some, that it was around before 2001. It’s not the complete and finished article yet but they’ve made a bold statement with ‘Jack’s Out The Box’ and a debut album will be more than welcomed into this reviewer’s home.
JACK'S OUT OF THE BOX
Review by Rick Tilley
14th Feb 2013
2) Stone Cold Love
3) Relive the Ride
4) Beginning to End
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"It’s not the complete and finished article yet but they’ve made a bold statement with ‘Jack’s Out The Box’..."