single review ~ 'red' ~ more than conquerors

Band Name: More Than Conquerors
Genre: Alt-Rock
For Fans Of: You Me At Six, Foo Fighters
Location: Belfast

Belfast's More Than Conquerors commitment to their home city left a bigger hole than most during their significant time out of the gig circuit last year. Reunited briefly to produce an incredible performance in support of 'Therapy?' at the NI Music Awards, the band hinted that their trademark energy was back even stronger this time around. New single 'Red', goes one step further, not so much reaffirming their position as alt-rock supermo's as cementing it.

If the honest nature of 'Red' is anything to go by, this is a band now fighting for the right to be heard like never before. Each riff is delivered with fervour, each verse more solid than before. You almost feel entitled to listen, like the band will take personal offence otherwise.

The angst and aggression of previous records remains here, though you feel frontman Kriss Platt is more comfortable with arrangements. As if this chorus was just waiting to be written by the band. As an alt-rock song, 'Red' is big. Huge even. Yes, the chorus is uplifting, and the punchy verses remind us why we've always loved them, but there's more going on here ~ the middle eighth see's them dabble in Sonic Youth shoe-gaze territory for the first time, whilst a chugging bass line takes things that step further.

In all honesty, MTC have long ago reached the levels of You Me At Six and their alternative counter-parts. Now they just need a break.

Taylor Johnson

Watch the official music video here⁞►

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