Cuecliché – The Debut and Forthcoming ‘One Last Chance’ EP.
The 11th March 2017 will see another of the underground UK Pop-Punk seek to make their mark. Cuecliché will be releasing their debut EP One Last Chance to conquer first London, and then the world… Or something like that.
I know what you’re thinking, another Pop-Punk band in an oversaturated and repetitive scene. In some cases this is unfortunately the way of things but with One Last Chance, this accusation of banality is thankfully unfounded.
A huge and important tell for myself personally when I am reviewing contemporary Pop-Punk bands from the UK especially, is the vocal style. Cuecliché opt for a natural vocal style from both their dual vocalists. There are no americanised post-Tom Delonge and Jordan Pundik croons and nasal malfunctions, but in many ways vocals casting you back to the early more stylistically Punk-Rock days of the genre.
‘A Song For Charlie’ is very much in this classic vein and instantly enjoyable and carries no pretension, bullshit or over top stylistics in its playful scream of defiance.
’10th July’ initially left me concerned that the Easycore of the early-to-mid 2000’s was to surface but quite unexpectedly a more mature and darker sound, again, in ode to the classics such as Alkaline Trio takes change. That’s not to say this modern end of the genre is absent, as the chorus and post-Easycore refrains validate the song as contemporary. ’10th July’ is an enjoyable track regardless but also certainly a treat to the trained ears of genre die-hards.
The ballad-esque third track surfaces the more Emo and Pop-Rock sensibilities you knew the band had and contrasts them well with a gritty guitar chug from back in the day. ‘Crazy Little Princess’ explores the darker down-tempo sound that we had been teased at prior to this and proceeds to tease us further for what may yet be to come, setting the band in many ways as a Pop-Punk version of Chicago Punks, The Lawrence Arms.
(For those reading this post-release, see the end of the article for the studio recording.)
Quite rightly the band have been very secretive and almost elusive with this release. Doubtlessly they have played much of the EP live and shared their sound with a close few but what many have been allowed to sample is the eponymous track from the EP in its early and rough cut demo form, which you can find above.
‘One Last Chance’ takes the best of the EP as a whole and ends the release at its strongest. It’s fair to say that the juxtaposition between the darker verses and refrains and the more pop-led sound is somewhat rough in transition but this overall isn’t an issue. Why? Well Cuecliché are already on the way to being experts at their craft and are at such a stage to receive praise from sceptical ears such as mine.
Find the band below:
- For updates, visit the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their Official Website.
- Upon release, One Last Chance will be available from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and bandcamp.