Review: ‘No Hope Without Love’ – The Rising

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The Rising, made up of Chris Logan and Chantelle McAteer, have written and produced a brilliant EP.

The DIY, homegrown musicians have stayed true to their country-rock sound and their ability to tell a good love story remains. Upon first listen I notice the tidy production and the high energy injected into the opening track You Had It All. McAteer’s vocals are at their very best throughout the record as they soar through those choruses. A stand out track for me is Bruise You Left which reflects upon the impact of a failed relationship, the vocals start off small, playing host to vulnerability as they convey the story. Highway to the Lost and Found reflects upon life as an independent touring musician, addressing the hardships and passion behind the job. It’s all set to an upbeat, intense arrangement which leans even more towards the rock side of the genre. I enjoyed the guitar solo in the middle also.

To summarise, it’s a strong EP from the duo who have worked tirelessly to study the changing industry models of release and keep fans engaged throughout the pandemic. They’re certainly a band you’re willing to succeed! 

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