Celebrate My Only Old School Attribute
My Only’s debut introduction brings about a musical mutation of a Mary Shelley magnitude, stitching pieces of different generations together and bringing the sound to life. The heart of nineties emo and the mind of modern punchy punk are amalgamated into one presence that is awoken when the amplifier lightning rides the input lead, and the jack fires off those impending first few strikes of ‘This Room & You’.
The E.P by the Norfolk/Cambridge-based quartet hones lyrics filled with bitter experiences and regrets that epitomise the emo culture and the complicated emotional control that is unashamedly disregarded, to wrap fingertips tight around the pen and figurative restraints that unrelentingly retain and drown, in order to reach deep and become psychologically self-actualised through these powerful feelings.
First track, “A Little Less”, bursts in with your standard foot stomping Neck Deep riff but involves a stone-brushed set of vocals which make the rhythms more immediate compared to your set of clean Ben Barlow singing styles, steadily growing more popular and slightly uncharacteristic with each passing pop punk artist.
Examples of their black and bruised sonnets are strongly present in the dark and nostalgically-charged roars of “I had To Pay For Every Breath I Took”. These grievances however, are met head on with an acidic approach of refusing to go down, following on from the track title with “Nevertheless, I’m still breathing”.
With a heavily-strummed guitar and steady tempo regularity leading in “Saboteur”, the words of black eyes matching black hearts envelop the listener into a state of adolescent flashbacks, reminiscing teenage heartbreaks and the turn of time constantly challenging relationships.
Big single “No World Without You” finishes the release, brimming with blast beats, clunky guitar and twang-happy bass, all accompanied by irregular blotches of hasty and monitored paces.
My Only’s debut E.P may have all your modern day twists and turns that can be found in most artists currently experimenting in their genre but, unconventionally, it is the dated contributing factors of ‘This Room & You’ that make it all the more enjoyable, separating them from their mentally-restrained brethren.