Since their 2013 debut album ‘Everything I’ve Learnt’, Belfast quartet More Than Conquerors have reached dizzying new heights. From Radio 1 airplay to that small matter of supporting bands like The 1975 and Twin Atlantic. But despite this MTC are doing things a different way with them forming their own label Oil Tape Records and releasing single ‘Red’ independently.
From the onset the alt-rock sound many have grown to love is shown in ‘Red’ but this time with more strength behind it. A ragged guitar riff paves the way for Kris Platt’s emotive, angst infused vocals and an aggressive drumline. The rawness of this track with its softer verses and layered, anthemic chorus help to show this sound was exactly what MTC were heading for by doing it alone. Despite this it feels as if a further punch is needed throughout the chorus to give it that standout edge, but we’ll let them off for this since the twangy guitars can make up for it. Musically the synchronicity from guitarists Danny Ball and Danny Morton merged with Jamie Neish on drums push this track forward with sharp, intense guitar lines and driving drum beat.
With the release comes B-Side ‘Diamonds Over Glory’, offering out a slower paced track nimble, mellow guitar lines are matched with Platt’s delicate vocals. There’s a completely different atmosphere surrounding this track, it’s an absolutely beautiful affair showing simple is often best. There’s a catchy, toe tapping beat surrounding this track which is subtly built upon before ever reaching a hard hitting high which would alter this track for all the wrong reasons.
The contrast between these two tracks makes it clear why MTC are going to absolutely smash 2015 from a sharp alt-rock track to a near ballad they’re beyond exciting to listen to. For them it appears moving forward in their careers doesn’t always mean sticking to one sound and you know what? Good for them for sticking to their guns! The quartet are heading out on UK dates prior to their appearance at SXSW in March which will no doubt further the great progress made already.
Released: 2nd March 2015
Label: Oil Rig Records
For Fans Of: Twin Atlantic, Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six