Press To Meco have been knocking around the UK gig circuit for nigh on five years and the release of their debut record Good Intent is ushering in a new era for the genre-defying trio.
Funded via PledgeMusic Good Intent was released in conjunction with the Teenage Cancer Trust – 5% of the goal went to the Trust, and 10% of all money over the target was also donated. Offering everything from handwritten lyrics to private shows, the band hit 144% of their target.
Hailing from Crawley/Croydon, the band has previously released several EPs and singles, catching the attention of Punktastic editors early on. Now with their first LP, they find themselves backed by bigger names like Kerrang and RockSound, too.
And does the record live up to the collective hype? You bet it does.
Filled with math rock-inspired guitar noodles and bass-driven grooves, the band have put together a masterfully melodic debut record that doesn’t invite comparisons, because the three-piece are in a league of their own.
It’s difficult to pick out standout tracks on a record so cohesive. Lead single ‘Means To An End’ is a catchy and boisterous tune, with one of the rousing choruses that abound on the album; songs like ‘Manipulate’ call for loud sing-alongs, and are sure to translate well in a live setting.
Three older tracks have had new life breathed into them on record – ‘Affinity’, ‘Honestly’ and ‘Tired Bones’ are old favourites revamped from the band’s 2013 ‘Affinity’ EP.
The album has given vocalists Luke Caley (guitar) and Adam Roffrey (bass) a chance to play around with soaring harmonies and a softer sound, showcased on ‘Autopsy’, which hints at the potential the trio’s experimentation holds. All in all an exciting offering from Press To Meco, it’s marked them out as a band to watch out for.