Moral Panics hit the local music scene with this new EP, filled with new and exciting material as well as a hard hitting re recording of Voids, a previously single from the band. The song itself was already a popular one with MP fans, and this fresh new recording is much more mature and visionary, highlighting the bands progression as artists. There seems to be a new level of both discipline and experimentation in the work of Moral Panics, they have taken a great song and expanded it without actually changing the core of the song which made it what it was originally. Also in this new recording is a fresh energy not previously present, an energy which gives the impression Moral Panics are definitely not playing game but instead they plan on taking the vast amount of potential they have and forcing it down people’s throats.
And very rightly so, too, as along with the brilliant new Voids track – which itself is rebourne with its sound having been packed with a great use of effects – is also two cracking tunes, first of which is Hold/Forever, which kicks in with a drum beat which you help but dance along to as the song progresses, and the bass does nothing but make you want to dance to the song even more. A cunning and attractive guitar riff, as is becoming the trademark from guitarist and vocalist Daniel Johnson further enhances the track and gives it even more of a suggestion that it could be one of those indie classics you request in nightclubs. The vocals in Hold/Forever are stunning, with the backing vocals being harmonised in the right manner and leveled underneath the lead vocal at the just the right peak. The one and only possible issue with Hold/Forever is that the bass and the guitar seem not to flow together as far as the sound effects go; the guitar is soft whilst the bass is raw and edgy. Both great sounds in themselves, of course, but perhaps not wholly perfect as a joint effort.
Breathe kicks in instantly with a soft, uplifting beat, and is a song which lifts Moral Panics into the realm of being able to claim themselves as a band who are on the cusp of something great and having the material to back it up. A great melody throughout the verse, and brilliant bass play from Charlie linking well with Eden’s trance drum beats provide the beginnings of an addictive tune, and then the chorus kicks in and it’s there. It’s addictive. Powerful chord play in the chorus works straight back into an awesome riff to flow back to verse. The bassy breakdown in joined by great synth play before the anticipation is seized and a great vocal range is hit to heighten the coming climax of Breathe, which ends in such a way that a listener is left begging for more. Breathe is a personal favourite from the EP, and EP which suggests Moral Panics are no longer a musical caterpillar, but are now the butterfly that needs to spread its wings and continue their journey away from the musical cocoon of Stoke-on-Trent.
Radical’s Rating – 4/6