Review: Red Light Effect – Empress EP

Empress Front Cover

Empress is the latest EP release from emerging Salford (Manchester) based band Red Light Effect. As a band they have been gaining traction recently with airplay on Radio X and being championed by Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets, Clint Boon Experience). RLE headed to Hope Mill Studios, Manchester to record the EP where they worked with Charlatans producer Jim Spencer.

Red Light Effect are proud of their Mancunian roots and emphasise that the 70s/80s Manchester sound is a major part of their influences. The Empress EP contains the title track and a Live recording of Cherish.

Although influenced by the past I feel RLE have moved on the Manchester sound to something more modern with Empress. There are huge rhythmic textures and the song has an almost anthemic feel.

Cherish is my pick of the EP, the bass intro leading into screaming guitar and pounding drums. I also feel the chorus of Cherish shows off the vocal to much better effect in the chorus. I can easily see this being a huge song at gigs, especially if this live recording performance is anything to go by.

Overall this is an exciting release from Red Light Effect, It builds on the Manchester influence and moves on with their own sound. The EP is available Friday 15th June and you can find more about Red Light Effect at the links below.

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