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She Burns Red: Take Back Tomorrow

When, some time back, I heard “My Curse” from She Burns Red I was immediately transported to a world of Wildhearts, Deftones and Foo Fighters and while I stand by that assessment, with their four track EP, Take Back Tomorrow, so this Scottish four piece have broadened their horizons while focusing in a much more confident attack.

A lot has changed in the band’s ranks since that previous encounter and while losing half their line-up probably wasn’t top of their to do list, the addition of The King Lot guitarist Jay Moir and the incredible dynamic drum drama of ex-Amorettes Hannah McKay has near on transformed the potency of this outfit beyond recognition. That said the core of bassist/singer James McCulloch and guitarist/singer Andy Moore is still setting the band’s course, but with a fully committed crew now onboard, the journey the good ship She Burns Red are embarking on with this EP looks set to be the rock n’ roll adventure of a lifetime.

The second secret incendiary in the band’s arsenal is the veteran talents of Little Angels/Wayward Sons leader Toby Jepson who brings his production experience with bands like The Virginmarys, The Answer and Saxon to Take Back Tomorrow. It’s a move that’s little short of being a complete and utter master stoke. “Gone” is possibly where the Jepster’s touch is felt most keenly, the barrelling riff that hurtles through the chorus spitting with the melodic goodness that has long been the man’s calling card but with She Burns Red being a more ferocious beast, here it’s delivered with riff fuelled flames licking your face.

“Copernicus Falls” shows links to what has come before from the fires of She Burns Red, the forceful nature illustrating just how eagerly this lot can bring 70s ideals into the here and now through a 90s aesthetic and come out the other end with the reek of angry victory left in their wake. So when you discover that “Crosshairs” turns out to be the catchiest dose of SBR you’ll ever contract it soon becomes clear that there’s not going to be a second wasted on an EP that’s willing and able to distill everything that’s good about the burgeoning Scottish rock scene into a four song explosion. That closing number “Tell Me How It Ends” knows exactly how to become the best thing on show here by taking its foot, ever so slightly, off the gas and simply letting the strength of the songwriting shine through verges on showing off. Although that I simply can’t stop singing the damn thing proves that in the end we all win!

She Burns Red have created something to be truly proud of here. I can’t wait to experience it all live and hopefully watch them go from strength to strength. On this evidence, there’s no doubting that they deserve it.


Track Listing
1. Copernicus Fails
2. Crosshairs
3. Gone
4. Tell Me How It Ends

Added: January 12th 2020
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: She Burns Red @ facebook
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Language: english

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