In a world where 7.5 billion people exist, and in a country with a population of 65 million, there are hundreds upon thousands of bands that clamber out of their hiding spots with bedroom recordings and heartfelt words and find themselves thrusted into focus. Of those, very few make it past the first post, falling face down on the floor following the first hurdle, unable to match the hype that hit them in the first place. Quite honestly, to be a band with music of emotion, especially in the U.K., is a difficult and daunting task to undertake, and yet, The Empty House Band, bedroom records in hand, have found themselves standing above the rest, ready for the next step.

Arriving only a year after their formation – following the demise of former alt-rock outfit Big Sixes – with a slew of demo recordings, social media shout-outs, and gigs under their belts, ‘Between Blue’ is a beautiful three-track collection of folk-tinged indie-rock that threatens all too often to break the mould. It is as rare as rocking horse poo that I am lost for a label for a band, or at least some weighty comparison, and yet with The Empty House Band, I am stumped for words. It’s different, it’s daring, and oh boy, it’s dark – and that’s bloody brilliant.

Reading like a novella of romantic endeavours, errors, and explicit memories, ‘Between Blue’ comes off almost story-like, its lyrics reach out to you like a lover in the middle of the night. Opener ‘Sweeter The Sound’ is a love song for long nights, it’s harmonies hauntingly poignant and remarkably relatable: “Said you couldn’t stay but you spent the night/ and I never told you what I meant, what I meant” – it’s simplistic lyrical nature layered in little intricacies, where vocal harmonies hide away in plain sight (or shall we say sound), sounds utterly beautiful.

Finding their footing mid-way on ‘Between Blue’, ‘Piece Yourself Together’ is perhaps the most accomplished of the three, and by the far the folksiest, with jangly guitars jingly along in an almost toe-tapping nature, with lyrics as resoundingly relevant to the millennial as university fees, only with far more heartfelt emotion. “Now I’m older, I can’t remember why/ I ever gave into temptation all the time/ my memories faded from all the chemicals, but I can’t blame them for all the lies I told” – Quite honestly, from the very first moment I heard these words, I knew deep down this was the song for me, and partnered with its ironically bleakly bright moments shaded in the overarching folk-like sombre tone, The Empty House Band provide yet again proof that they are on to something special.

Ending ‘Between Blue’ with ‘Cavalry’, which we were raving about right here at Bloggers Gamut not so long ago (check it out here), is a bold statement of intent, a beginning rather than an end. To steal from the aforementioned article, ‘Cavalry’ is  a darkly lit cauldron of bubbling sounds that boil up into a blistering display of finger-plucking perfection, harmonic harmonies, and a lyrical display of trust and deception in modern day life. It’s a powerful ballad, poised to become a staple of live performances far into their career, with its sombre isolating lyrics juxtaposing the powerful pomp of the vocal display. There’s something haunting in the way the words are sung: “I see it everywhere I go/ You don’t think you’ll make it on your own/ now I see I can’t rely on you, you can’t rely on me/ cause I ain’t nobodies cavalry.”

‘Between Blue’ may be three tracks and eleven minutes long, but in those songs and those minutes, The Empty House Band, deliver a collection of folk-tinged indie that infects your ears and overcomes you with emotional pleasure. It’s been quite some time since a band showed up with a handful of demos and an EP and left me as excited for the future of British music as this has. Bravo boys.

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