Independent outlook /// Manhattan Coast ‘Beg, Borrow, Or Steal’ 2012 [EP]

Wales seems to take a special place in contemporary rock history of the UK. To put it simply, this place is the regular supplier of some utterly fascinating bands. Think Lostprophets, The Blackout, Attack! Attack!, Feeder or Kids In Glass Houses. Now, meet you new heroes, icons and absolute favourites – Manhattan Coast. The up-and-coming five-piece hailing from Bridgend are barely two years old, but have already created quite a buzz with their unique take on alternative rock. The collective’s debut EP ‘Never Tell Me The Odds’ was released in May 2012 and a summer later here they come with yet another bunch of rock belters collected under the name of ‘Beg, Borrow, Or Steal’. Productive guys, aren’t they? However, this is the case when quantity has no bad effect on quality whatsoever, but rather on the contrary. In the end, you always want more of awesome music, don’t you?

So what exactly is ‘Beg, Borrow, Or Steal?’ Alternative rock with huge, anthemic melodies, total catchiness and irresistible vibe that infects you no matter how hard you try to resist it. Manhattan Coast’s alt rock is a striking mixture far from cliched, stagnant patterns. The combination of fizzy guitars and steady, solid rhythm section makes the whole thing heavy but not deprived of melody and smoothness. Two guitars, bass and drums interweave in such a carnival of chords, riffs, beats, that it’s hard to remain unimpressed. All the instruments are strained to the limit and thus sound intense, rich, even overwhelming. The vocals of Nick Lane are the story of their own as the range from powerful singing to screaming and whispering is a wonderful play of pitches, an ultimate turn on for all of those who love vocal diversity and simply enjoy a hell of a voice pouring or raging from loudspeakers. The first three tracks ‘My Boat, My Rules’, ‘Cf31 Kid’ and ‘Smile & Wave, Boys, Smile & Wave’ follow a fast, explosive pattern, which slows down a bit at ‘Man Down Or Man Up’ and come to an ambient, but intense closing track ‘I Open At The Close’.

Unstoppable buzz, infectious liveliness, reckless youthfulness pierce the record like arrows, so you can sense these electrified, energised edges in every line, every note, every chord. Passion and intense emotions are bursting out relentlessly, sounding too overwhelming to stay afloat, so you just have to dive in, experience them from head to toes. Manhattan Coast are unpredictable as a raging ocean which is calm and deep one second and becomes a total beast the other.

Manhattan Coast make some serious statements and show their big ambitions with ‘Beg, Borrow, Or Steal’. What’s more these ambitions have a firm ground underneath them as with the sound as memorable as that, Manhattan Coast are sure enough to rock the UK like a hurricane soon. Join their boat and follow their rules!

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