Vivid Nation is a four piece from Kent playing proper guitar rock. In a way, their sound is typical for the contemporary british rock music scene and the band describe it as “large, progressive, powerful and atmospheric”. In fact, it isn’t far removed from the likes of Young Guns, Mallory Knox or We are The Ocean. One of their particular merits are lead singer Rhys Taylor’s powerful vocals. Their debut mini album/EP Open Your Mind was released on December 2nd.
The EP consists of seven tracks of which one is the obligatory Interlude that serves as an introduction to Calling You. Policy is an obvious choice for an opener with its driven drum beat that would befit a hardcore song and heavy guitars. The vocals immediately catch your ear with this one. Only Got Yourself To Blame slows the pace down. Its a rock ballad that bursts into a loud and emotional chorus but overall it is a little too repetitive. The title track is one of the strongest on the album. It sees Vivid Nation at their most progressive rock. Time To Mend is a straight forward catchy track that relies heavily on Rhys Taylors impressive vocals. Calling You starts out slow but over the course of its 5 minutes running time, it turns into a monster of a rock song. Cracks is the only acoustic track on the record. Obviously, the vocals are the highlight once more.
It really is the vocals that make this debut stand out from other contemporary british guitar bands. While Vivid Nation don’t really add anything new to the genre, their sound is likely to appeal to readers of Kerrang and radio 1 listeners as well as die hard music fans looking for something more dissident. Vivid Nation achieve this by combining catchy guitar riffs with more sophisticated prog-rock and math-rock patterns (Open Your Mind, Calling You) that you would expect from acts such as Tall Ships or The Cast Of Cheers. At the end of the day, there is something here for every lover of guitar music.
2. Only Got Yourself To Blame
3. Open Your Mind
4. Time To Mend
6. Calling You