The Reytons – May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You EP

Were you a fan of pre-AM Arctic Monkeys? Do you like indie, angsty, Sheffield rock? Do you like a good, Rotherham accent? If you answered yes to any of these, The Reytons’ new EP, May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You will be right up your street…

We can imagine that a comparison to the Arctic Monkeys is one that The Reytons have heard many times, and potentially not one that the band’s members would be all too happy to hear. But all the same, its undeniable. However, The Reytons don’t sound like they’re simply cashing in on the Arctic Monkeys’ sound, but rather adapting it and truly making it their own. I don’t think it is any coincidence that The Reytons were formed in 2014, a year after AM was released and people realised that we simply would not be getting this kind of raw, angsty power from the Arctic Monkeys anymore.

The first track ‘Red Smoke’ starts with an instantly catchy, crunchy guitar riff accompanied by a hard-hitting drumbeat – reinforced by the complex bass lines and Rotherham accent. The chorus gives us an incredible rhythm due to the intonations of the songwriting, and you can tell that this anthem was made to incite riots. Even the song’s title gives an unmistakeable impression of flares seen commonly in riot environments. A very hard hitting, powerful start for the EP.

There is more than one pure, power anthem on this EP; ‘Tears in the Taxi Rank’ is the third song on the album. A telling story about a person who is trying to make sure that someone else is safe at night. The repeated idea of not being “a hero on your own” and calling for a taxi to ensure security is certainly a thought that many people have had after a few drinks out at night. A lighter guitar riff is prominent in this record, a fitting and refreshing lift to a song with the topic of keeping people who are potential strangers safe…

The last song, Shoebox, sounds immediately different. It opens with echoing, melancholic guitar chords, and noticeably raspier vocals, reminiscent of the likes of Rag and Bone man. Shoebox certainly stands out, and was the real example of how great The Reytons can be. It isn’t a sad song, by any stretch, but it certainly is more of a laid back record compared to the rest on this EP – and we’re here for it.

All in all, This EP is a shining example of indie Sheffield rock in its purest form. Don’t ignore it. ‘May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You’ comes highly recommended…

You can watch the first track on The Reyton’s new EP below

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