ANTIGUO- Joy

Antiguo seem like nice guys. The Glasgow quartet’s first proper release might touch on loss, death, and decay but on the whole ‘Joy’ presents a warm and fuzzy version of post-hardcore. ‘Black Glitter’ has something of the Hot Water Music about it and frontman Bobby Simpson’s voice cracks at times but you’re much more likely to hear indie rock or shoegaze inspiration here than anything more adrenalised. Earnest vocals and a thrumming bass are high in the mix while a bold range of guitar styles build washes and waves of sound, a place for the band’s catchy rhythms to bed in. It’s a little too polite at times, the production could actually do with a little more heft to bring the most interesting elements to the fore, but the sound of a confident outfit making stellar first strides is clear to hear.

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