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Teesside alt-rock quintet Gone Tomorrow drop their lengthy new EP, Never Had to Lose. This eight-track debut offering takes you on a dynamic sonic journey full of grungey/shoegaze walls of sound, piano-fueled tenderness, synthy ornamentation and pounding rock grit. There are flavours of all kinds in mix (from Suede, Jane’s Addiction, The Boxer Rebellion and Placebo, to name a few) but there’s enough consistency in the sound and the distinctive, sharply delivered lead vocal to tie it all together. It’s a bold and interesting debut that’ll make listeners hungry for further releases.

Here, the band tell us a little more about the inspiration behind the release…

Having been writing songs and performing them with Gone Tomorrow since my mid-teens, the process of compiling a few of them for our first proper EP has been somewhat painstaking, especially with four other music tastes and four other opinions to contend with. We’ve finally settled on these, hoping they will serve as some sort of distillation of where we are coming from sonically. 

The result, I hope, is a little vignette of my experiences and perhaps some kind of window into where I’m coming from as an artist. 

There is a real duality of tone that is present across these songs that I may have shied away from in fear of it diluting the sincerity of the more serious moments, but I concluded that the twist of humour and childish naivety was all part of the kaleidoscope. Not to mention part of who I am. Without them, the work appeared a little too monochromatic, so I left the crayons in if that makes sense. 

Lyrically, I’m grounded in the work of my heroes, having studied them obsessively as this is where my passion really lies. Bands like Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen grabbed me in my early teens, and nowadays I’m very drawn to the likes of Pinegrove, Frightened Rabbit, Kae Tempest and Tom Waits for lyrical inspiration. I also try and absorb bits and bobs from authors such as Jack Kerouac and James Joyce, but I’d never claim to be operating in their universe as a writer. Not at all. Especially when the crayons come out on songs such as Barcelona and Carousel etc. That stream-of-consciousness writing is something I am very much intrigued by though. 

Musically, the influences for this EP are a bit more difficult for me to pin down. Garage rock, I suppose, in terms of rawness and raucous energy, but it doesn’t feel as clear-cut as that to my ears. Our collective love of heavy music comes across in places (Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects) I think, but grounded in this 2000s indie rock urgency and snappiness. I also aimed to distil some Run The Jewels-esque hip-hop attitude into the heavily distorted bass and drum grooves that can be heard on songs such as Stun Gun and Matador. I hope it makes for an enjoyable mix. If you read through my geeky waffle, thank you for your patience. I got a bit carried away, sorry.

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