Review : Red Light Effect – Empress

It’s not often you hear an epic nowadays, songs that sound as though they would compliment some kind of enormous theatrical performance seem to be a thing of the past.

That is until now, with Salford born and bred post-punk band Red Light Effect releasing their latest tune ‘Empress,’ and oh… oh it’s good.


The intro to the song is very 90s throwback, a fanfare of reversed guitar leading to a rather simple yet ear-grabbing guitar riff. The drums seem to turn this part of the song into almost a military anthem, with the chanty vocals complimenting this.

It’s powerful, yet not super fast, it’s epic, yet not overly heavy. It gets the balance just right to produce something reminiscent of the awesome creations of bands such as Pink Floyd combined with that very 80s/90s Manchester sound.

The great thing about this song is that it could easily fall into the clutches of that all too overused term ‘indie,’ without sounding generic. It also gives the bass guitar a fantastic level of attention, holding a very punchy, silky smooth tone.

Empress is one of those songs that makes you think of some kind of huge theatrical performance, much akin to those of Bowie and Pink Floyd. Maybe it’s the military style discipline in the musicianship, maybe it’s the massive sound created by the reverb and high mix of bass, whatever it is excites me a lot.

The release of this tune makes me very excited about what’s to come with Red Light Effect, I’d love to catch them live at some point. They’re definitely a band that, for me, would make the hypothetical ‘ones to watch list of 2018.’

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