Electralyte - Electralyte

Published Thursday 24th November 2005
Electralyte - Electralyte
Electralyte - Electralyte

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13692-3872
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Chris Sharp

Essex-based Electralyte are one of the recent additions to the growing roster of acts on ICC's Elevation label. The partner band of ALOVE (a new sub-brand of The Salvation Army for young people), the indie rockers have created a good introduction to their music with this inaugural four-track EP. The EP is well produced and gives the listener a clear idea of what to expect of the upcoming album. The opener "Freedom" speaks of the freedom that can be found in God and was performed live for the first time at an ALOVE event earlier in the year to highlight the plight of those caught up in human trafficking. Moving on, the remainder of the EP becomes more worship orientated; the funky bass groove of "Hope" is followed by the more delicate opening of "I Love You" with acoustic guitar introduction. Although the tracks here show a variety of style and dynamism, they lack an element of originality and feel like a mix of other similar rock bands already signed to the ICC label. None of the tracks stand out or are immediately memorable, and I'm afraid that it may just merge into the rest of my CD rack and become forgotten.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Wink in Norfolk, UK @ 16:49 on Nov 16 2007

Just saw these guys supporting Delirious last night in Norwich. You MUST see them live. Quality! If anything the CD sounds a bit too slick and clean. Live they absolutely rocked the place. In a three piece any weak links would be obvious, but they are all excellent musicians, and the songs sound fresh, original and varied. Enjoy!

Posted by kayley in cornwall @ 20:33 on Oct 12 2007

i saw electralyte at gb and down here in penryn they were fab and meet them at gb they were realy nice guys .
i love their music!

Posted by Wobbly Dave in Deepest Darkest @ 20:36 on Jan 31 2007

Yeah, they're pretty good, but really a pale reflection of the Montoyas. Bring back the Montoyas!

Posted by Ash London in "doxology" Essex @ 16:39 on Jul 11 2006

Chris Sharp, I think your unbelieveably wrong with these guys. I love their music. They are a type of band that produce music only when it is perfect. They havent rushed these songs or the ones on their new album "Breakout". If you listen to that, i am certain that your review to you as well as everyone else will be seen as complete rubbish. These guys are talented, and i cannot find any reason for anyone to think otherwise. Listen to the album, and you will see what i mean. Every song they have produced is one that can be listened to over and over again.

Posted by Steve Best in Stoke on Trent @ 11:48 on Apr 27 2006

Sorry Chris Sharp, you've got it wrong here. This is a very exciting new band, with a totally original sound. excellent writing and arranging and quality production - a welcome antidote to some of the British music around these days. The new album "Breakout" is superb

Posted by SPY in Manchester @ 15:20 on Apr 20 2006

I've heard the band live and do have an opinion - but that's not what this site is discussing.

I don't have a copy of the album, and couldn't find any "samplers" on their website, so could anyone tell me where to find them, so I can make an informed conclusion?

Posted by Paul in Stoke-on-Trent @ 13:22 on Apr 20 2006

It has to be said, the reviewer has this one wrong. There is a strong British rock sound to Electralyte that is instantly appealling. Their sound is fresh and able to compete with the mainstream, unlike the vast amount of British Christian artists.

Posted by Musicman in Los Angeles @ 14:11 on Mar 23 2006

Caught the thread - ust to add to the mix - we have heard a pre-release of the album and think it rocks. Sounds original to us and way the best thing we've heard from the UK in ages. Elements of worship but so much more musically and a depth of lyric which I found stirring. Can't wait to catch a gig.

Posted by nomis in London @ 13:27 on Jan 23 2006

i am fortunate enough to have a copy of this ep and i have to say it was fresh original and something i had never heard before,lookign at it from a musical side the songs are well written and performed and at time virtuosic in the way they are played.

Thank you

Posted by Chris in Toronto Canada @ 21:11 on Jan 21 2006

ive had the awesome privilege to work with these guys, play with them and hear the different stages of this EP coming together.all i can say is that it is one of the most original christian set of songs out there.i dont quite understand how u could say they're not original when most of the christian music out there these days is all just the same recycled four chords,and these guys offer up something so much more.im sorry chris sharp,but i think u need to have another listen,or a couple of listens,and give these guys another shot.and i cant wait for their new album,its gonna be sick!

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