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Glaswegian four-piece Verse Metrics are set to release their superb EP Radians on 1st December 2012 via Return Of Order Records.
Radians is a rare modern record, in that it transcends various genres over the course of just five songs. Pulling on influences from American underground bands such as Polvo, American Football and Don Caballero, in addition to more contemporary music, Verse Metrics have produced a technically accomplished record that could be the love child offspring of Mogwai and Interpol.
The band, who consist of Robert Dick (Vocals/Guitar), Martin Dalziel (Drums), Dave Dailly (Bass) and Al Conway (Guitar), recorded Radians at Chem 19 studios with engineer Jamie Savage. Opening track ‘Burn Twice As Bright’ solidifies what the listener can expect to hear – elaborate guitar picking, lo-fi haunted vocals and technically proficient drum playing, which drives the many time changes that develop throughout each track. These are complemented by soulful, intricate bass lines that knit the complex arrangements together, and augmented by other instrumentation (James Swinburne of Remember, Remember/Happy Particles on Rhodes piano, and Corran McArthur of New Town Triptych on cello) to great effect.
Formed in late 2009, the band spent the following summer recording with Robin Sutherland (Stapleton, Avast!, Laeto, Pensioner), producing the five track EP ‘VM1’, which they released in November 2010. Opening track ‘Tired Lights’ won an honourable mention in The Scotsman’s ‘Radar Prize’ as well as gaining support from the likes of BBC Introducing on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Jim Gellatly’s New Music Podcast. Their rise continued into 2011 as the band played a sold out show at King Tut’s ‘New Year Revolution’ festival and made Vic Galloway’s ‘Tips for 2011’.
Verse Metrics don’t strike you as your usual alternative indie rock band, and this is not just due to their obvious love for mathematics. With the release of Radians on the horizon and a tour currently in the works, the band are ready to build on their foundations from the past few years and push their undoubted talents onto a larger audience.
Radians is released via Return Of Order Records on 1st December 2012.