Pleiades - Symptoms of the Human Being
Symptoms of the Human Being, the histrionically named debut EP from Manchester’s Pleiades (pronounced ‘pleez-a-deez’) exhibits a band with a deft ear for melody. It showcases an act whose post-hardcore rigour, which is polished with a hazy, accessible post-rock finish, possesses a fair degree of commercial potential. But such potential is a work in progress, and while this release isn’t quite the finished product, it marks the vital first steps of a band dripping in promise.
Brand New, Jimmy Eat World and At The Drive In all share a great deal of influence in their sound. They trade the erratic lunacy of the latter with a more pop focussed sensibility however, and such a move goes a long way in helping them establish their niche. Nurtured overtime and that niche could explode.
Opener Ambience Surrounding Lazarus takes a little while to click into gear thanks to a first verse which feels a little off-colour. Indeed, for a casual explorer of new music this could be fatal, but resist the temptation to skip the track and you will be rewarded. Come its energetic and catchy chorus they start to win you over, their flair and pizzazz beginning to make strides.
The Leaves Won’t Land bounces between tranquil quiet and rabid crescendos, with Cal Bowie’s genteel, snare stroking drum work across the mellower moments a standout feature. They pull of a myriad of clever songwriting tricks throughout, keeping your interest peaked and proving what a great band they can, and I highly expect will become.
In Andy Calberback they have a fantastic voice too. Sure, he can be accused of hitting the odd bum note here, but this is their first release as a band and when he hits his stride his timbre and approach provides a unique icing on the band’s collective cake.
These four tracks show us a band still finding their feet, still learning, still growing, but one with bucketloads of potential. They haven’t quite hit the bullseye here, but they’ve crafted some entertaining songs that will be the springboard for a very interesting future. Keep your eyes peeled.
The EP is being streamed here