Proxies – ‘Lost Tapes, Volume 2: Deadweight’ Review.
Forming in late 2010, Proxies are an Electronic-Rock group from England. After starting to play live as a full band in 2011, we soon seen the release of ‘Lost Tapes, Volume 1’. Now after weeks of hard work and months of anticipation, the band have finally released their follow up EP ‘Lost Tapes, Volume 2: Deadweight’.
‘Lost Tapes, Volume 2: Deadweight’ opens up with, “Deadweight, Veritas” which has a rather mellow beginning and gets off to a slow start. A fairly short track coming in at under three minutes, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Once it kicks in it’s clear to see the drums hold the foundation of the track, with the simplistic yet continuous melodic riff being a prominent and constant feature throughout. A worthy opener, leading us right into the depths of the 19 minute masterpiece.
A bold and dominant riff pushes us straight on through to “Trojan (Inside Your Chest)” with no time at all to think. We are drawn into and captivated by this raw energy that powers through this track, and the range of dynamics makes it exciting to listen too. With electrifying synth sounds and a slight hint of an Enter Shikari vibe the passion and power that pours through this track is one of the reasons why it’s my favourite.
“Masquerade” then begins rather delicately, with memorable keys and spine tingling riffs. As the time builds, so do the layers of the song which soon become more intricate and more impressive. As a last attempt to salvage positive vibes, we see the chorus explode with an upbeat nature and an overwhelming structure that you can’t help but love.
“Ghoul” then changes the mood rather abruptly, preparing us for an mixture of emotions. The lyrics, sad but soulful clash with the textures of the beats and riffs that collide together in a way that shouldn’t work, but ultimately does. It brings in a sense of unknown to this track, never truly certain what direction it may take, but the controlled vocals manage to guide us to the end of this robust and commanding addition.
Ending the EP is “Strange Times” which picks up where “Ghoul” left off. An array of emotions comforts us as we almost chill out to the influential riffs. Just as we expect to be lulled into a trance, the pace picks up and we get a sense of bitterness portrayed through the vocals: “you hurt the ones you love, love the ones you hurt. It’s funny how it all works out when we return”. After a sentimental and thought-provoking moment an electro breakdown – as if letting out all of these emotions commences. Again the passion and fierceness witnessed in “Trojan (Inside Your Chest)” is duplicated here but on a whole other level. The track itself ends on a come down, replacing that previous energy with the scary thought of having time rewind.
Having crafted a sound that is well-constructed, energy fuelled and defined, it seems Proxies have succeed in creating a follow up to Lost Tapes Volume 1. With their tracks as captivating and appealing as ever ‘Lost Tapes, Volume 2: Deadweight’ leaves me wanting just one thing; more.