Though not without its fair share of nostalgia, the latest single from Leeds sextet ARTIO feels like a breath of fresh air in comparison to the legions of indie bands that call the city home. Indeed, the six-piece succeed in deftly balancing a sense of 00’s-era alt-rock with something that deeper, more ambitious, and altogether more contemporary.
At less than three minutes long, ‘Your Name’s run-time belies its ambition. The first track written by frontwoman Hol Brazill since coming out as bi-sexual, the importance of its message is matched only by its inherent anthemia.
While it goes without saying the influence of symphonic rock bands such as Nightwish or Within Temptation is present here, largely thanks to the inclusion of the strings and Brazill’s impressive vocal delivery, direct comparisons to such bands would be lazy. There’s elements of more contemporary acts at play too. PVRIS, for instance, or later Bring Me The Horizon.
Weighty, almost caustic riffs offset the iciness of the strings, while a steadfast bottom end anchors it all together. Lyrically ‘Your Name’ explores the idea of falling in love with someone momentarily, of knowing you’ll probably never see them again, and just wanting to know their name.
It’s a familiar concept, certainly. But it’s also one executed with a deft musical understanding that helps to elevate ‘Your Name’ head and shoulders above its contemporaries, and one which highlights exactly why the buzz surrounding ARTIO is only getting louder.