EP: RavenEye – Breaking Out ★★★☆☆

RE BOArtist: RavenEye

Album: Breaking Out

Release Date: 28/04/15

Label: Rook Recordings

Getting to play with your heroes rarely happens, but when it does it’s a dream come true and moment to savour. Now imagine being asked by your hero to open up for him? Well that’s what happened to Milton Keynes based rock group RavenEye, the man in the hat the most recognisable rockstar possibly ever, Slash asked to have RavenEye open up some shows for him. They’ve even been added to Aftershock Festival and Louder Than Life Festival in America as well. Let’s see why these guys are creating such a buzz recently then.

‘Breaking Out’ fuzzes into life with a stomping beat and dirty feel before the verse takes a more delicate approach. It builds into an infectious and soaring chorus that drags you in with each pulsating moment. The band have created a massive sound that belongs in venues big enough to hold it, the vocals however are a little one dimensional throughout the track as Oli Brown doesn’t show off much of his range at all. ‘Get It Started’ has more to it and is definitely an anthem in the making, just by listening to this track you can imagine a sea of festival goers jumping off their feet to the bouncy rhythm of the chorus. A ripping solo sparks the song into life and would even leave the big man impressed. Once again there’s a fuzz fuelled and dirty opening that flows into a rock club vibe that is the track ‘Hey Hey Yeah’. 

‘Runaway’ finally allows Oli to use his fantastic voice to tremendous effect to kick up this EP another notch. It’s the most cohesive song on the record as it fits together seamlessly, mid tempo, expansive chorus, it ticks off a lot of boxes.  ‘You Got It’ feels quite bass heavy and draws comparisons to the likes of Royal Blood, especially with the enormity of the sound. Well into their stride now and sliding into an effortless groove the band start to leave a lasting impression, especially when the chaotic “How’d ya like me now?” section takes a schizophrenic turn, easily saving the best for last on an EP that plods along instead of exploding out the blocks but the band has enough groove and swagger to carry it through. A promising start for Slash’s new companions.