Over the last few years The Tidal Sleep have slowly but surely worked their way up to being one of Europe’s most talked about post-hardcore bands. With an EP, two albums and two split releases under their belts this is a band that has refined their sound over the years, becoming ever more vital,visceral and urgent – bucking the trend of many a peer.
Combining and condensing down influences from post-rock, post-hardcore, indie and earthy, gruff punk bands into something identifiably their own – The Tidal Sleep are a unique, yet incredibly accessible proposition for any discerning rock fan.
After lulling you into a false sense of security with gently chiming acoustic guitars, Be Water explodes into a cavernous, panoramic soundscape with ‘Bandages’. Things settle down somewhat – enabling the band to show their many sides, throughout these 11 beautifully written, cohesive compositions – ebbing and flowing between dark and light, braun and delicacy. The urgency is never lost however – even in more tempered moments such as ‘Collapses’ with its driving, almost alt-rock tones or the tasteful theatricality of ‘Wreckages’.
The band comments on the track ‘Bandages’: “The track was written with the intention as an album opener. It’s a play on themes we used before, but still we managed to include some new influences. the acoustic intro was recorded in my living room, on a crappy guitar. it was at the start of the songwriting process. Each one of us was semi-professionally (through iPhone recordings or Garageband) recording ideas and sketches, and over almost two years we continued to write and develop ideas. It states where we started and leads to the fully developed album.”
Like Svalbard and Departures before them, say hello to another great band putting a different slant on post-hardcore weighty in genuine emotion yet big on memorable, great songs.