I knew from the moment I heard the lush and rich harmonies on Told Ya that I would be a fan of The Sulks, the four-piece band hailing from Swindon. Their harmonies are one of the best parts of the music, voices that play off of each other so effortlessly, and they continue to do so on their debut EP Silence Is Only The Start, but in a more subtle way.
They recorded the album with help from the legendary Gordon Raphael, whom I hear, told them to take some risks with their music, to change it up a bit, and as I listened to the EP I can tell that they took his advice and ran with it, giving their fans four distinctly different songs that showcase their musical ability.
First up is Here Comes The Night, a song that will easily transport the listener to another time. It could easily find its place among any album that was heard during the Summer Of Love in 1969. Think of the tone and feel of Sgt. Peppers and you will know what I am speaking of. The intro starts grand, before releasing into James’s rich vocals, backed by the harmonies that caught my attention in the first place. The bridge at the end of the song shows emotion in his voice, that is raw and real before climaxing into an expert guitar solo.
They slow it down for a moment on the second song titled Suburbs. Bursts of guitars and drums showcase the passion and emotion of the vocals which seems to take the back seat to the focused instrumentation. I personally love this slow paced song and it fits fantastically into the middle of the EP.
Proving that The Sulks are truly a guitar-based band, they have included The Cure next, a song with an intro and guitar playing that will satisfy any Arctic Monkeys fan.
Rounding out the 4 song Ep is To Be Loved, a song I imagine could be the ” single ” from the EP. It is upbeat, easily singable and very danceable, all the components that make a song grip you and stay with you.
The Sulks have made Silence Is Only The Start a highly listenable EP. Each song on the record is different from the previous, though it still plays cohesively, showcasing their talent as a young band that is determined to make a name for themselves.
Watch The Sulks perform To Be Loved for Sofar London: