Tin Soldiers

Army Of One EP (2012)

Tin Soldiers Army of One EP was released on 19 November 2012.

Recorded in Outhouse Studios, Reading.

Engineered and Produced by – Ben Humphreys and James
Mixed and Mastered by – Ben Humphreys and John Mitchell

Track listing
1. Falling
2. Always Tomorrow
3. Army Of One
4. Take Back The Streets


Get Ready To Rock – TIN SOLDIERS – Army Of One (EP)

New four piece band who are busy working on their second album, after their 2010 debut album ?Telling Tales? gained glowing reviews. After listening to this four song EP you can see why as they have big, hooked filled rockers like ‘Always Tomorrow’ and a mellower sound on ‘Take Back The Streets’, sounding a bit like Feeder meets the Killers.They make the power pop/rock genre seem easy when often it is one of the hardest sounds to crack.

Often bands don?t always live up to second albums as many good ideas get used up on the debut (the Darkness being a classic case in point) but based on these four songs we can expect a storming album from Tin Soldiers next year.

Jason Ritchie


Intamission music – TIN SOLDIERS – Army Of One (EP)

“Guitar groups are on the way out,” as The Beatles were once told following their audition for Decca in 1962. Similar rumours of Rock’s demise have abounded over the years, and if the charts of late have been anything to go by (which they usually aren’t), you’d be forgiven for thinking that the rumours were finally true, albeit sixty years later. So isn’t it about time that a new band came along and shook things up a little to prove the naysayers wrong…? Enter Tin Soldiers, a tight-knit four-piece from Kent, whose newest foray into the world of Pop Rock, Army Of One, sees the light of day this month.

With a standard guitar band setup, Rich Cross and Matt Wade on guitar and vocals, Matt Jennings on bass and Chris Persiva on drums, they make no bones about their Britrock roots. The EP opens with the tumultuous Falling, which showcases the band’s tight musicianship, and their ability to write a catchy melody, then dress it up in all its rock finery. There’s a great energy here, not far from that supplied by The Cooper Temple Clause some years back.

Always Tomorrow is a quieter affair to start with, more like Feeder than the Foos, but no less well-crafted. The catchy melody and tight rhythm beg to be included on radio playlists everywhere, and certainly has the potential to trouble the charts. The title track, Army of One returns to heavier territory. With its fuzzy bass and staccato guitars, the band could easily have taken their foot off the melodic pedal, but no – you’ll be humming the chorus for days. Finally, Take Back The Streets sees Rich Cross in his best vocal form with yet another singalong chorus. Good use of melody isn’t restricted to the vox either; the middle section contains a gem of a bassline, supplemented by arpeggiated guitars that harken back to The Edge at his noisy best.

As an EP, Army Of One is a selection of bold, melody-driven anthems, well worthy of further investigation. The boys have the good sense to vary the guitar sounds throughout, and the bass refuses to play a backseat role either. Married with plenty of thundering toms, and you’re on to a winner from the start. The production is crisp, the sound separation allows all the instruments to be heard without losing the vigour that’s essential in any rock tune. Just a bit more beef in one or two of the drum sounds and this would be nigh-on perfect.

So have guitar bands had their day? Not if Tin Soldiers have anything to say about it. JASON KENNY


Rock Kent – – TIN SOLDIERS – Army Of One (EP)

Pop music has been around for around about 60 years now; music hall and folk before that have been around even longer.
In such a space of time, you might think we’d have moved on from lyrics agonising about relationships to broader themes: the Large Hadron Collider for example, a three and a half minute assessment of the Newport Pagnell Services maybe. Or perhaps a helpful ditty to help you conjugate your Latin verbs.
Of course, there have been some attempts to widen the thematic content of your radio friendly toe tapper. The Manic Street Preachers’ ‘If you tolerate this your children will be next’ was a musing on the Spanish Civil War, The Divine Comedy’s ‘National Express’ considered a subject which was as obvious from its title as it was unusual. And Half Man Half Biscuit (always to be relied upon for fantastic leftfield observations) came up with a song bemoaning the perils of restless leg syndrome. But, for the most part, the songs that appeal the most – whether you’re a teeny bopper in thrall to the latest batch of Cowell finance clones, or a music geek forever on the lookout for that missing vinyl copy of The Wedding Present’s ‘Seamonsters’ – are the ones about love’s labours, lost or otherwise. Why mess with a winning formula? If it ain’t broke…

Which brings us neatly to Tin Soldiers, a band of heavy rocking infantrymen we first came across last year when they released their album, ‘Telling Tales’.
Now, they are back with a single (‘Always Tomorrow’) and an EP featuring that very song along with three other tunes. The EP is very much concerned with matters of the heart. ‘Falling’ is about the surge of confused emotions experienced at the start of a relationship (‘now I guess this is an undying love for you’) while ‘Army of One’ mirrors this with the confused feelings encountered at a relationship’s end (‘you’re not the one/just one of many’).
Elsewhere, single ‘Always Tomorrow’ is about a stage somewhere in between: trying to make things work (‘there’s always tomorrow to get the best of me’).
Only Take Back the Streets’ follows a different tack, taking as its theme a broader sense of uncertainty and emo-ish angst (‘the rises and falls/the rage inside keeps us alive’). It’s all done with an intense mixture of heavy rock, US punk and nu-metal. Here, you’ll find traces of Muse, Porcupine Tree and Placebo alongside For Star Mary and Green Day. It’s a tight sound, a marriage of music and lyrics which only lets itself down with the rather lazy rhyming of ‘dreaming’ with…itself on ‘Always Tomorrow’ (all those times we never stopped dreaming/can I shout it out or am I still…’ well, you can fill in the rest.
This, though, is a minor quibble. Within their genre of angst ridden rockers, these soldiers do exactly what they promise on their tin exterior. These particular warriors are winning the war and deserve a fair old mention in dispatches.
Review by Stephen Morris

Review: Tin Soldiers – Army Of One [EP] Alt Sounds.com

Broken Star Records // “The Kent quartet’s latest is four slices of hook heavy pop-rock that does big on a budget”

Off the back of their debut record Telling Tales in 2010 Britain’s answer to the stadium filling anthem rock of the Foo Fighters are back with a new EP and it’s just as big as before.

The Kent quartet’s latest is four slices of hook heavy pop-rock that does big on a budget. They’ve flirted with the limelight, but largely shied away from the success they’re quite clearly capable of garnering. With this EP, a precursor to their latest full length due later this year, they once again prove that riff heavy chorus led rock is alive and well this side of the pond.

‘Falling’ kicks things off with biting force and from there the pace never really lets up, sure ‘Take Back The Streets’ might be slower, but to think that means weaker is to completely miss the delights Tin Soldiers have to offer. Vocalist Rich Crossingham soars at every chance he gets (which is a lot) and these evocative in your face melodies are akin to some of Feeder’s finest moment, but with the tenacity of Dave Grohl’s smile.

Relatively unknown, Tin Soldiers can only benefit from comparisons with these monoliths of modern rock and have come into their own enough musically to not be hindered. It’s bands like Tin Soldiers with tracks like the flighty ‘Always Tomorrow’ that will see stadium rock reclaim the charts and the public consciousness.

The aforementioned song along with ‘Army Of One’ and really all the tracks here aren’t exactly beguiling in terms of lyrical content, “All eyes are on you now, like a scream inside that wants to get out,” as they often rely on cliché, but it’s so catchy that you can forgive them as you sing along anyway. Musically they bring out the big guns with Chris Persia’s drumming leading the way, but the tight and edgy axe-work from Matthew Wade is what really ignites this band.

If you miss the jubilant naivety of Ash, the simple raw emotion of Feeder, and Muse now leave you, well bemused then Tin Soldiers are the band you’ve been waiting for. This is what your mother meant when she told you to go and have some good clean fun.


Review: Tin Soldiers – Army Of One [EP] by AlreadyHeard.com

When you’ve been compared by some of the nation’s biggest music press to the likes of Foo Fighters and Muse (who have been known to challenge planets in terms of scope) and the somewhat asteroid-sized Feeder, a certain level of expectation will necessarily build up with regard to follow-ups. The above-mentioned bands have all built strong careers in managing to balance steel and melody with success (though relevant in the case of this statement, Muse only deserve a quick mention early on since their prog and wide-reaching experimentations are never truly hinted at by the band under review).

Opening track ‘Falling’ proves a telling example of this particular brand of sonic compromise. Superficially, the Kent quattuor veer towards an emphatic heavy sound with riffs that some would be right to compare to Muse’s own ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. Yet the powerhouse energy suggested is undercut by their unrelenting commitment to keeping things melodic. No wonder mixing the two is something of an artistic chemistry few can pull off, the vibe of the track feels stretched between the opposing forces.

Single ‘Always Tomorrow’ hits a better balance, echoing some of Lostprophets’ achievements. Still melodic to a fault, the hopeful spine of their emotionally-oriented song allows for a big chorus and a handful of rousing moments. There’s less of the sense that Tin Soldiers are fighting for a credible heaviness and give in to more conventional, and therefore reassuringly successful, pop-rock.

‘Army Of One’ is another step back, this time spear-headed by the use of a grittier crunch, and more prominent bass, to achieve the illusion of an authentic rawness. Unfortunately, the high level polish just heightens the facticity of the process. Closing track ‘Take Back The Streets’ goes for an emphatically angsty approach with a revolutionary-of-sorts chorus that, in reality, is very much a harmless bit of pop.

Tin Soldiers seem to have difficulty defining their identity within the polarized characteristics of the pop-rock spectrum. Successfully marrying steel and melody takes a lot of craft, whereas the Kent boys’ EP seems to be trying too hard to weave the two together. ‘Falling’, ‘Army Of One’ and ‘Take Back The Streets’ all lack coherence, but then I guess there’s ‘Always Tomorrow’.


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