New From Leeds

Leeds has brought us quite a few interesting bands over the last months (Vib Gyor, iLiKETRAiNS, The Sunshine Underground etc.), and I will introduce you to another one today. Please welcome the Vessels:

Vessels started in 2005 from the ashes of another Leeds band called A Day Left, and the four members have since written “lots of music”, as they state on their homepage. As there isn’t much more information about the band to be found, let’s hear what they sound like.

If Post-Rock is your thing, chances are very good that you will like Vessels. When I heard the songs for the first time, I was reminded of iLiKETRAiNS. But if you listen closer, there are a few differences. First of all most of the songs are instrumental, and if there’s singing, it’s often used to add to the song, not to carry it. You will also find the odd synthie here and there, and the overall-mood is not quite as melancholic as it is with iLiKETRAiNS. Similarities are clearly the slow build-up leading to a crashing climax, like for example in their song Armed To The Teeth. It may be true that you have heard songs like this before (other reviewers mention Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky as references), but I think Vessels are nonetheless worth a bit of your time.

Most live reviews I’ve read about the band were nothing short of superlatives. The band obviously creates a magic atmosphere that leaves the audience stunned. The songs are already dramatic on CD, but if they manage to transport that feeling onto the stage, it’s not hard to imagine how powerful a gig by the Vessels must be!

They have released their self-titled EP just recently on cuckundoo records, and I have been given permission to post some tracks. I’m gonna go for the last two songs on the CD, because I’ve found them to be the most inventive ones. Be warned though: they won’t be easy to get in to, but if you give them the time they need, you will be rewarded with some promising sounds. Let’s hope we will hear more from the Vessels in the near future!

Set Fires (Happy Accident Mix) (MP3)
Look At That Cloud! (MP3)

And here’s a video from a recent gig:

The Beast:


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