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Veldts' 'Between The Lines'; Rock's Resurgence Continues

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New Artist of the Day, Veldts have released their excellent debut EP, 'Between the Lines'.

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Originating from Hemel Hempstead, the four-piece have produced five tracks that are more refined than their initial assault on the music industry as the punk outfit Blackhole. It’s been six years since Blackhole’s first and only release ('Dead Hearts'), and the unveiling of 'Between the Lines' from the band's new line-up is a welcome one.

The EP’s standout bit of production comes on "Burning Inside"; a slow building rock track that continuously builds and subsides over a brilliantly rolling bassline. "Don’t Look Up" is the strongest track vocally, with a chorus that you can only imagine causes carnage when played live.

Following Alex Turner’s somewhat obscure musical-genre based rant at last year’s BRIT awards, a broader awareness – and appreciation – towards rock music has been growing in the UK. EDM is still dominating the charts, but the sound that Veldts have created is one that’s steadily becoming the flavour of the times.

Middle track on the album, "Never Be", is the kind of number you would expect to hear on the Bloodhound Gang’s Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show. It’s less rugged than Trash Talk but not as polished as Yellowcard, arguably falling comfortably within the more ‘traditional’ rock sound.

Perhaps the closest comparison that be drawn is to Lower than Atlantis, a band based just down the A41 from Veldts in Watford. There’s something in the Hertfordshire water.

For everything else Veldts, including some upcoming UK tour dates, please
click here. 'Between the Lines' can be found
here. Words by Luke Forshaw Photo by Adam Castledine