If The Struts weren’t enough to satisfy your craving for raw rock music, undiluted by modern pop, then 21 Grams may be able to help out. The five guys hail from the UK, and they just released their live LP, Enson Works, on May 30th. The story behind their band name is surprisingly sentimental, coming from a heavy rock band that isn’t afraid to blare their guitars. The name is actually the theoretical weight of a human’s soul.
Enson Works is a diverse collection of songs that are incredibly fun to listen to. The band has tactfully ordered their songs to make sure each receives a unique listening experience. Simon Degg’s melodic guitar is a tasty refreshment in “Memento” after being exposed to a flurry of the strings and drums on the first two tracks of the album. It is the perfect juxtaposition to Tim Edward’s piercing growls. The more familiar sound of rock and roll reappears in “In My Head” and then departs again for a beautiful acoustic break in “Don’t Cry.” The lyrics in this are eerily honest, creating room for sympathy and curiosity as to what must have provoked the song. Fortunately, you never feel too bad for the band or their singer. The last three songs of the album have the energy and angst to lift even the dampest spirits.
21 Grams’ has truly grown on me as a rising band from the UK. They’ve certainly left an impression on this southern American gal and already impacted my Spotify playlist. I hope they’re able to make their way across the pond soon. Until then, I’ll just be thankful for the internet. Here is their Facebook page for more info. You can also listen to them below on Spotify.