EP Review: Like Giants – Sovereign

Pop-punk four-piece Like Giants have self-released their debut EP Sovereign and here’s why you need to listen to it.

Speaking on the new EP frontman Daniel Kai said “We recorded the EP with Matt O’Grady (You Me At Six, Deaf Havana, Don Broco). We wanted to create something that infused elements of bands that we have all separately taken influence from, with heavy breakdowns that will excite fans of heavier music, but the jumpy pop punk rhythms and melodies that will excite fans of bands like Neck Deep, State Champs and the like, with lyrics that everyone who listens can relate to, talking about issues that most people will experience in their day to day lives.”

In their opening track Right In The Childhood, Like Giants talk about the freedom and carefree feeling of growing up. The catchy pop-punk riffs wrap nicely around the stories of living in a small town and being different. The trip down memory lane is relatable and a refreshing departure from the usual “get me out of this town” scene attitude.

The following The Poet is heavier track that takes a closer look at relationships and writing your story together. The bridge is in wonderfully stark contrast to the high-pitched chorus which makes for a perfect pop-punk anthem formula.

Recently released single Cut And Run takes an even heavier route, not just musically but also lyrically. Speaking of mental health and dealing with such, layered on dark guitar riffs and pleading vocals, Cut And Run is truly a gem and worthy single release on the EP.

Cut and Run is primarily about depression and anxiety. Each one of us have suffered at the hands of both of these afflictions, through relationship breakdowns and general day to day problems. We wanted to write a track that reflected the struggle that both the rich and the poor go through, no matter your background or wealth, showing that both depression and anxiety can sneak up to anyone,” says Daniel Kai.

Finishing off the four-track release with a classic pop-punk style track in the shape of Beauty Queen, Like Giants have clearly showcased their broad range of musical influences and appeal. Each song having its own memorable moments and one more anthemic than the next, you sure will be hearing a lot from the four-piece in the next few months.