Oh, how I’ve waited for a band like The Copperpot Journals! While possessing many aspects of emo – the intricate instrumental flourishes and impassioned backing shrieks – they’re a band that are far too developed to be lumped in with the bland & boring tear-jerkers (Saves The Day */ *Hot Rod Circuit) and too calm and collected to sit alongside the ultimate, balls-out, soul-wretching emotions of Thursday.
Indeed, it has to be said, The Copperpot Journals are a band who have truly captured all the right elements of emo, stirred them around a bit, then electrocuted them to create some of the most surging & powerful melodies you will ever hear in your life. Yes, you could call them saviours.
‘Plotting…’ opens with the jerks and jolts of _‘Boxing Champion’ _that tears apart a typically emo formula to reveal a neck-hair erecting energy that really sets this album alight. Their ability to paint each song with an abundance of colours and shading results in a deep and stirring delicacy that vocalist Gareth Owen hugs and cradles gently, his poignant words offering comfort and advice to some of life’s great troubles.
The bright twinkling opening of _‘I Lie All The Time’ _really allows Owen’s rich and distinctive vocals to soar, causing your heart to melt in awe of the potential that lies within this band. Although comparisons can be made to Hundred Reasons, The Journals have crafted a sound that’s all their own and on the strength of this mini-album, one with much more scope in the future. Absolutely essential!
10Mat Hocking's Score