Death of Me’s heartstopping debut EP Hell’s Where You Make It, Love’s How You Fake It

Guest review by The Underground venue manager Lee Barber

There’s an atmospheric rise that comes with Yearn (An Introduction) which builds with emotional intrigue, before a heartstopping silence is followed by the distinctive punch of second track Halo, and the even more distinctive vocals of Jim Carter – the melodic tones of his range coming with both softness and power in equal measure, somehow at the same time also.

Cry opens with a throwback style of 80s synth rock which blends right into the solid sound that is already becoming the trademark sound of Death Of Me, while True Blue follows in a similar vein, leaning on that atmospherical build up dynamic of 80s synth and tapping into the emotional states between love and loss, where in their own words, the band had been aiming for with this debut record ‘Hell’s where you make it, Love’s how you fake it.’

“{The intent for this record is} to blur genre lines and create an immersive world both visually and sonically, touching on themes of love, loss, and the darkest parts of the human psyche.” The songs on this debut piece, alongside music videos to accompany Your Heart, The Casket, True Blue, and Halo, all lean heavily towards this and leave you with no doubt that the band poured a lot of their own emotion in the project. The cover art, too, encompasses the aim, achieved by Jim Carter with photography by Joe Beresford.

Interlude Lueur d’espoir brings us a sombre moment of calm and self reflection, before leading us into debut single Your Heart, The Casket, which hardly needs an introduction having already been featured on several national radio shows including BBC Radio One and Kerrang Radio. 

Death Of Me consists of band members packed to the brim with experience, with a line up of well known names especially in the Staffordshire region. Carter, Foxall, Gordon and Barnes all bring to the table a special brand of professionalism and creativeness and style, all of which blend together to form the solid foundation of a band shifting rapidly through the gears. They’ve all done this before, they know what they’re doing, and now it seems they all know exactly where they want to go with this band, and there’s a burning passion in them to get there.

The post-hardcore hits hard throughout the EP, its tides clashing against the shores of emo rock, with the winds of words echoing over it all, produced by the ever talented Sam Bloor at Lower Lane Studios and mastered by Grant Berry of Fader Mastering. The Long Lost Art To Never Falling Apart and Choice Words And Cursive come with thought provoking, somewhat painful lyrics and leave you wanting to listen to the record from the start again. 

Death Of Me will be performing songs from the record live at The Underground on Friday, September 8, where they will be celebrating the release of the record alongside Mercury, Myria and Hyrtin.

Listen to Hell’s where you make it, Love’s how you fake it by Death of Me here:

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