“Brimming with distortion and angst, encapsulating the foursome’s riotous youth experiences with a new raw and energetic lease of life.”
WORDS BY ALI GRICE
Ever found yourself with sweat dripping from your brow, riding bareback through endless desert as you and your vigilante girlfriend escape from closing in sirens and imminent capture? Probably not. But fortunately enough, this scene no longer has to be a fantasy thanks to Ascendo’s new single Angelina. After the sweeping success of alt rock banger Bonafide and their growing reputation as Yorkshire’s indie frontrunners, Ascendo take us down a more grungy street with Angelina, brimming with distortion and angst, encapsulating the foursome’s riotous youth experiences with a new raw and energetic lease of life.
If this fierce quarter haven’t appeared in your radar yet, here’s a brief run down. Ascendo is made up of rhythm guitarist and lead singer Charlie Williams, lead guitarist Joe Doody, the four strings of Matt Freeman as half of the rhythm section and finally Ethan Swales on the sticks. Fresh out of Wakefield and raring to make an impression on the wider UK scene, the release of Angelina is a brazen step in the right direction.
The nostalgia trip the song elicits is not a far cry from the sound of early Nirvana, although more honed for a modern audience it still holds the reckless, carefree vigour of the early 90s. Elements of punk are seeping through, with the pacy drumming and the fast changing power chords it appears Ascendo are transforming their sound. Charlie’s gritty vocals reinforce this punk ardour, punching us with his characteristic drawl. Nearing the final climax of the track we are presented with a gnarly blues lick from lead guitarist Joe, proving that not only are Ascendo master’s of songwriting, but their technical abilities are far from amateur.
“So what’s your story, what’s your endgame?”
Lyrically and musically dynamic it’s hard to press pause or skip the track. Wakefield has certainly got talent, and I’m more than eager to see these guys push themselves further and garner support from across the UK.
FOR FANS OF
Arctic Monkeys | Phoxjaw | Nirvana