Words by Ben Blackburn
When this tip landed in my inbox I was overjoyed, before I then realised I’d stand to see the band everyday in our local streets of Manchester. While this is normally not an issue, in fact it’s a pleasure, it’s always difficult to write about bands that you not only like, but that you have some sort of personal connection with. Embers first came to prominence towards the end of last year with several high profile blog posts, before then returning to under the radar and preparing for what was eventually seen as an epic live performance at Sounds From The Other City Festival in Salford.
It is this determination for perfection and longevity that best describes Embers as a band, as they refused to waver in the culture of immediacy that so often dictates new music. Musically, ‘Without Fear or Favour’ is an overwhelming example of the sheer ferocity the band brings to their sound, weaving together crashing percussion with soaring guitars, overlapped with climaxing violins and utterly absorbing vocals. Through this instrumentation Embers haven’t simply created a neat and tidy track, instead they’ve created a sonic experience that allows the listener to be over awed and pick out their own favourite moments and champion them as their own. This very engaged relationship between band and listener can be seen visually with the band’s live performance, which is tailored specifically to each gig, with bespoke made visuals tying the whole unforgettable experience together.
Tip courtesy of Amazing Radio's Shell Zenner