EP Review: Armstrong – Armstrong

Posted by Scott Hastie

Armstrong - Armstrong EP
There’s nothing more exciting about new music exploration than the realization that a track or sound immediately suggests there’s something truly special at play.  Glasgow indie rockers Armstrong definitely have lots of commercial potential as well as being the kind of band who can have a huge fanbase, and will judging from the musical sample on their debut EP.

The EP contains driving rocky riffs making Armstrong sound like Scotland’s very own Paramore, mixed with massive vocal choruses.  There’s no doubt about Nicole Mason being the real deal, her incredible voice echoing past Scottish Fiction heroes like Lauren Mayberry and Simon Neil.  Essentially Armstrong pack all of the right ingredients in to make a sound that is very easy to fall in love with, and exploding with ambition.

The tracks themselves are very strong too.  Just Cause is an astounding pacey and punky tune which shows their heavier influences whereas Bend.Buckle.Break offers a gorgeous, softer tone.  In their own way these could all be singles and have a bit of anthemia about them, with You’re Not Alone perhaps being the biggest for potential sing-alongs, but it’s Thursday Night Club that should be people’s entry into the band.  Driving, jangly indie riffs are mixed with Nicole’s most infectious song yet.

We can only hope that the band will be hopping back into the studio shortly to record us more, but this debut EP has more than cemented Armstrong as already one of Scotland’s most exciting guitar bands and furthermore a band with potential to take them to the moon and back.

ArmstrongArmstrong is out now and can be purchased here.

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