Defining a band by a certain genre is a horrible, unfortunate trait that, as music fans and writers, we far too often rely on. However, occasionally there are those who you simply can’t define because the band seamlessly show their variation. Press To MECO are one of those bands. Nevertheless, having a wide-ranging sound isn’t a disadvantage for PTM, as they firmly establish themselves amongst Brit Rock’s crop of promising bands.
Having established a flair for writing three-part harmonies and complex riffs with ‘Good Intent’. Album #2 sees the trio hone in on their better qualities with impressive results. Although a droning, sinister intro teases a heavy, metallic blast, ‘Familiar Ground’ is an addictive rush of adrenaline, highlighting PTM’s superb pop sensibilities. It kicks off a hat-trick of early highlights, establishing an overall bigger sound. The album’s title track is one of the most compelling moments structurally, as it builds with Luke Caley’s ascending wiry guitar giving way to a soaring chorus.
While ‘All Parts Don’t Make a Whole’ is carried with a subtle intensity as drummer Lewis Williams’ wisely advises “Find solace when nowhere feels like home”. Backed by riveting instrumentation and bouncy group vocals, PTM provide an anthem of worry and comfort.
Over the course of its eleven songs, PTM’s organic growth is clearly evident. Want towering, harmonious choruses? They’ve got those (see ‘Skip the Crawl’). Want intimately and soothing acoustics? Then just listen to the calming tones of ‘A Place It In All’. Want dynamic riffs and stomping percussion? Well, songs such as ‘Howl’ and ‘A Quick Fix’ are sure to fill that void.
On paper, it may seem PTM offer a varied yet incoherent set of songs here, but at their core is a unique and confident band. Sure they’re not entirely original; there are hints of Brit alt-rock’s past and present best throughout, but overall PTM continue to be an exciting prospect. One which won’t get lost in the shuffle.
‘Here’s To The Fatigue’ by Press To MECO is released on 30th March on Marshall Records.
Words by Sêan Reid (@SeanReid86)