Review: Father Sculptor – ‘Faith & Violence’

Father SculptorWritten by Katy Gundry

It’s always great when you find a new band that have all the enthusiasm in the world and write music from the heart because it’s what they love to do. This is what you will get when you listen to Father Sculptor. Comprising of, Thomas David – Vocals, Felix – Drums, Joseph – Guitar, Philip – Bass and Matthew – Keyboard and VOX, they are a relatively new band. In fact we could refer to them as newborn as they formed only a year ago, 2012 in Glasgow. However, even in this short time together they have already had rave reviews from NME and Rolling Stone. They have been described as ‘Shockingly traditional, and startlingly 1984’ (The Guardian) so for all you indie fans out there, here is the band you have been waiting for. It’s hard to believe that these guys have only been together for a year. When listening to their new EP ‘Faith & Violence’ it is clear that they have definitely found their ‘sound’. If you can imagine what The Smiths would sound like if they started writing music in 2013, this is what you will get with this band. They have taken a genre of music that is very popular but given it a modern twist that will appeal to today’s indie music lovers. The EP starts with 3 hauntingly melodic tracks “Basilica”, “Sault” and “The Swim”. Slow paced with the perfect amount of reverb behind the vocals and guitar give these tracks an almost live stadium sound which is incredibly relaxing when listening in the comfort of your home. The pace picks up in the final two tracks, “Lowlands” and “Swallowed In Dreams”; these are by far my favourite tracks on this EP. The simplistic bass and drums fit perfectly with the counter melody on guitar and the main vocal melody. I even found myself humming “Swallowed in Dreams” whilst doing the washing up (awesome visual, I know.) However, I digress, this track gives you the flutter in your chest and the rush of adrenaline that any music fan longs for when listening to an album. Not to mention, the lyrics throughout this entire EP are absolutely fantastic. The poetry is perfectly matched with the tone of each track, which allows the listener to really feel the emotion of each song that they listen to. The editing and finalising of this EP really fits the sound of this band. It hasn’t been over edited or over produced and the vocals, with only a slight echo behind them, sound very natural and give the tracks a lot of depth. The more you listen to Father Sculptor the more precious musical nuggets you find. For example, the quiet melodies played on guitar, almost hidden behind the vocal melody or a lick on the bass that makes your heart skip a beat. I am not ashamed to admit that I have become fairly addicted to listening to a couple of the tracks on the ‘Faith & Violence’ EP. And for those of you interested, you can buy this Album both digitally and on Vinyl. Father Sculptor make the type of music that I can see providing us with an anthem or two in the not so distant future, and this, I am really looking forward to. To find out more about Father Sculptor visit their official website