It’s been a month since the indie rock powerhouse Unit 47 dropped their self-titled debut EP, and it’s safe to say they’ve made their mark on the scene. With influence from some of the biggest names in British rock, the EP has acted as a stellar introduction to the band’s distinctively infectious sound.
The opening track “Nothin’ At All” is a sharp-toned burst of angsty energy. Snappy guitar hooks kick the tune off, providing instant proof that Unit 47 has that quintessentially indie sound in a chokehold.
Vocalist Tommy Wright delivers a punchy dual topline made of sing-along material, while the band back him with tightly polished instrumentals. Similarly, track four “Whiskey Dreams” delivers an equally powerful punch. Their progressions are almost bluesy, giving them a unique twist.
However, quick with an edge isn’t the only style these guys are good at, as demonstrated in the more acoustic leaning number “The Lion.” It’s an emotionally driven slow burner that emanates the kind of Britpop quality that captured the 90s. Though entirely original, these tunes harness a sound familiarity about them that’s so easy to listen to. And this is apparent once again within the third track, where the band’s structural abilities really come into play.
“Back in Two” has a chill vibe reminiscent of breezy Summer evenings spent romanticising; the chorus of emotive lyrics wrapped in splashy cymbals places you right in the thematic action of hope and reassurance.
An unexpected rhythmic change acts as the perfect transition into lead guitarist Harry Lawrence’s solo, where his instrumental talents shine through. A compliment to the song, before ending on a passionate double chorus.
Following the EP, Unit 47 have sold-out multiple impressive venues including the likes of Deadwax, o2 Institute and The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham.
They’re only just getting started and now have a number of gigs to look forward to this Summer.