Having formed in late 2015 Brighton emo/alt rockers Evertim have been building on their debut EP, Learn To Swim, and are now set to release the follow up, Your Heaven Held Me Well through Fox Records on the 19th January 2018. Recorded at The Ranch studio with Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Boston Manor, Milk Teeth) the sound is as you come to expect: big, bold and immersive.
It’s quite evident that this is a band that understand the dynamics of music as every track flows with the grace of an professional ice skater, dipping and diving through peaks and troughs, none more so than on the opening track, and first single, Let Me Go, an epic emotionally charged song of love and regret. Crunchy guitars tones open the song before the lyrics take you on a journey through a relationship breakdown, the music a metaphor for the ups and downs of love, before crashing together in a beautiful crescendo of harmonies.
A calming, gentle intro to second track Tuesday follows and this tune bubbles with melodies, as a steady drum pattern drives it along. The group harmonies are choir-like in their ability to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as the music washes over you.
Compared to the first two tracks, The Road We Claimed Our Own is more up-tempo especially during the intro and choruses. The quiet/loud dynamics are to the fore again, along with the multi-part harmonies which really play to the bands strengths.
Final track, Clouds is probably my favourite on the EP. Sounding a little like 30 Seconds To Mars it’s an uplifting song that gathers momentum over some jagged guitar strokes, mixing a massive chorus with some gentle verses before the final upsurge in sound complete with backing harmonies give it a glorious epic sound.
I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of emo/alt rock so I was a bit wary when I got assigned this but the quality, power and emotion on this record, along with the production values, are so high that you can’t help but get swept along. I could have done with a little more variety as the songs can start to sound alike but this is a small complaint and something that I’m sure would be addressed on future long players.