Estrons are back. The welsh alt-rock outfit have returned after nearly a year with a follow up to August 2017’s Glasgow Kisses. Is the new single an indication of an imminent (and long overdue) EP? If so, what might it sound like?
Lilac starts with a swirling build-up of squealing guitars before launching into a slightly lopsided, grimacing riff. This is punctuated by the regimented march-like drums, keeping a tight, militant pace while driving the song along with the force of a tank.
Tali Källström’s commanding vocals scythe through the noise culminating in s chorus that just straight up shreds. The roughest edges of Källström’s voice play into the hands of while simultaneously vying with the angular guitars that make one wonder if the band had any strings left during recording.
Källström dedicates the track to a run in with a girl in pieces on a night out and an ominous figure hovering nearby. The story goes that Källström stopped to check if the girl was okay while assuming the mysterious man was looking to take advantage. In actual fact, the man lived on the street and the girl had just found out about her father’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. Källström had this to say: “We often get things wrong because society leads us to create prejudices on genders; the song is myself reflecting on that. It also celebrates human empathy as the girl I helped was genuinely touched that I’d stopped to check she got home okay. I haven’t seen her since that day – but this one goes out to her, anybody who is going through a difficult time and also to all the people out there who have helped me in a crisis. Someone always cares and you can get through it.”
Estrons’ return sees them continuing just as they left off, coming back to us with yet another banger. One might worry that that’s all they’re capable of. However, this is a young band with a lot of potential that remains to be tapped into and with upcoming headline dates and a Garbage support slot on the horizon, who knows what they’ve got up their sleeves? For now, we’re content with more belters.
You can catch Estrons in the UK on the following dates – tickets available at http://estrons.com/
21 Jul: Sheffield – Tramlines Fringe Festival
28 Jul: Derbyshire, – Y Not Festival Festival
29 Jul: Cornwall – Leopalooza Festival
04 Aug: Kent – Neverworld Festival
09 Sep: Manchester – Academy*
11 Sep: Nottingham – Rock City*
12 Sep: Newcastle – Northumbria SU Institute*
01 Nov: Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall
02 Nov: Glasgow – King Tut’s
03 Nov: Newcastle – Think Tank
07 Nov: Manchester – Soup Kitchen
08 Nov: Bristol – Louisiana
09 Nov: Nottingham – Bodega
14 Nov: Exeter – Cavern
15 Nov: Birmingham – Castle & Falcon
16 Nov: Brighton – Green Door Store
17 Nov: Caernarfon – Galeri
23 Nov: Carmarthen – The Parrot
06 Dec: Cardiff – Globe
* Supporting Garbage
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Words by Oliver Hope.