I discovered this talented band from Ollie who sent me a message saying, “I think you will like these”, he wasn’t wrong. When I first discover a band it usually takes me a few listens to their music for me to fully get into it. This was not the case though when I played The Rafters debut EP, within the first few seconds of listening to ‘Slippin’ away’ I was sold.

It’s impossible to not listen to incredible EP from beginning to end, the strong vocals, layered guitar riffs and brilliant instrumentals will have you hooked within seconds and you will be up on your feet dancing around as if you are at one of the bands gigs, which I think we all wish we were at right now, especially after listening to this EP.

It was hard for me to pick my favourite track from this EP as each track has its own anthemic sound which makes it special. If I really had to pick one that has managed to stand out a little more from the other tracks it would be ‘Slippin’ away’, this single instantly builds into a memorable track full of energy and lyrics that make you stop and listen to every word. I sat tapping along to this single and instantly had goose bumps, there was something so magical about this track.

The band have managed to create an EP that shows off their musical talents and combined classic sounds we love to hear with their own unique sounds, each track has its own special sound which makes them stand out but at the same time they work so well together in the EP.

A fantastic debut EP from a talented band, if they keep making music like this I can see them having a bright future.

9/10

By Siân Parker

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