Derry-based trio One Man Town come out of the blocks strong with Battle Cry’s opening lines. The verse takes off well with fuzzing bass but by the time the chorus comes round things are in danger of becoming too busy.
Synth, used sparingly in the nicely built intro, returns and when added to the mix with an extra guitar line, backing vocals and a more complicated drumming pattern, frontman Graham Maree’s lead vocal is all but lost in a wall of sound. It’s impressively put together and produced, possibly even an attempt at metaphor for a battle cry, but taken to the point where ears strain just to hear what’s being sung.
Subtlety in the links between verse and chorus and back to verse are interesting and different each time, making a move away from the more straightforward transitions less confident acts might go for. It’s a brave move and one most bands would employ in a live setting to put a twist on studio tracks rather than the reverse.
The stand out section of Battle Cry is the halftime breakdown riff after the second chorus. It’s impossible not to bob the head along with it before another break and chorus to finish.
On tape, Battle Cry is a little busy and risks sounding disjointed with so many component parts, but it’s a song that will no doubt come across impressively live.