In My Disguise – Anchromatic (Self-Released)
In My Disguise are influenced by some of the biggest names in rock music. They can count the likes of Biffy Clyro, Muse, Audioslave and Stone Sour as some of the groups they look up to most, but trying to combine the best of all those acts is no mean feat.
With a brief first listen, the four-piece from Ipswich sound like a straight up, no frills guitar rock band. But like so many things in life, once you look a bit deeper, once you scratch beneath the surface you’ll find so much more.
In fact, one of the best things about this band doesn’t come shining through until later in Anchromatic, their debut EP. There is a fantastic ability to tell a story within the songs and it’s something that should be cherished.
The subject matter for Fear is fairly self-explanatory, but it’s the way the whole song is constructed and how the tale is set out, especially at the beginning of the tune, that make it seem so special.
Scattered Memories brings the EP to a close with a real lesson from guitarist Lee Alexander, who is given the freedom to let rip and prove his skill in a way that wasn’t offered on the previous tracks.
Vocalist Ollie Smith has a strong, recognisable voice and perhaps for that reason it’s a shame that it isn’t brought to the fore. Many of the songs on Anchromatic don’t give him the license to explore that, even if it started out that way on Alive.
It must be a challenge to make a debut piece of work stand out from the crowd instantly, but that was In My Disguise’s aim from the very beginning. It’s a promising start, but there is still work to do.
RUSHONROCK RATED: 7/10 Hiding in plain sight