If it hasn’t been explicitly stated yet, rock is an ever-changing genre. The sound that was appealing years ago, isn’t the same today and a modern take on rock ‘n’ roll has taken its place. British quartet, Young Guns have been a band that’s flowed with the tide over their 12 years in the scene and one that hasn’t been afraid to experiment along the way. They’ve established a discography that hits each end of the spectrum while maintaining a grip on the rock genre.
Over the years, through three albums, Young Guns’ approach has transitioned from a heavier sound to a softer, more alternative one. The constant change and reshaping of the band’s trademark caused a divergent reception when it came to their previous records. Young Guns’ 2012 release, Bones, garnered positive reviews and certainly gave the young U.K. outfit a foot to stand on. However, their ensuing release, Ones and Zeros drifted into a different direction and began to incorporate poppier elements. The stylistic change generated a mixed reception and wonder as to which direction Young Guns would explore in their fourth album.
Echoes falls somewhere in between Bones and Ones and Zeros. There’s a perfect mix of what Young Guns have been about over the years. The pulsating drum kicks, heavy guitar leads and soaring vocals create headlining tracks with a memorability factor that’s through the roof. It’s upbeat and lively, yet down to earth and grounded.
The first and fifth tracks – “Bulletproof” and “Mad World” are anthemic and the highlights of the album. They’re tracks that’ll certainly slide in towards the end of the band’s live set list. Neither need much of an introduction due to their pulsating bass and heart-pounding riffs. Each track is iconic and perhaps will give Young Guns a bit more notoriety as they’re made for radio. “Echoes,” the album’s title track gives the record definition and outlines Young Guns’ current mental state. In a quote taken from the band’s Instagram:
Echoes is about letting go of the past and moving on towards a brighter future—we’re ready and are a better, hungrier band than we’ve ever been before.
Overall, Echoes serves as large stepping stone for Young Guns. It’s an album that will grow on you and is diverse enough not to cause boredom midway through. The foursome clearly found their comfort zone in Echoes and created something that feels unique to Young Guns.