Review of EP ‘For The One’s We Knew’
Machine Gun Baby (MGB) are a four piece alternative rock band from Dublin, with a vast growing rep. They’ve been described as “Ireland’s answer to Kings of Leon” and recently they celebrated the launch of their new EP (which is expected to receive critical acclaim), “For the One’s We Knew”.
After listening to a copy of the EP the lads sent to me, it left me with no doubt that these guys are going to be added to the Irish wall of fame. MGB formed in 2007, and consists of singer/guitarist Stewart Keegan, Tony King on drums, Shane Ryan on the bass and lead guitarist/vocalist Mark Ryan.
The first song on the EP, “Judgement Day” has a real calming yet uplifting feel to it. It starts off with a strong opening with the beat of the drums, bass and the strumming/plucking of the guitar. Followed by Keegan’s strong and powerful vocals taking over which is shortly accompanied by Mark harmonising. The first song is catchy and whether you like rock or pop it’s a song everyone will enjoy.
As I listen to more of the song it becomes apparent why these musicians have been compared to the likes of Kings of Leon, it has an “Aha Shake Heartbreak” feel to it. However the singer has a more Mumford and Sons (but softer) sound to his voice. You can hear Keegan’s Irish accent seep through when he finishes holding the long notes.
MGB have stated that one of their musical influences is Bruce Springsteen, and their song “Track Eight” has a kind of instrumental sound like the opening of The Boss’s hit, “Born to Run”. A few seconds in Keegan sings the lyrics, “You’ll be there ‘till the end just like the bible said…this life”, reference to the bible, god or life seems to be a reoccurring theme throughout their lyrics. The song starts with a slow beat and picks up half way through giving it the fast rhythmic pitch.
“On the Fence”, like MGB’s other tracks starts off slow picking up the beat halfway through the song. I find their lyrics to be truthful rather than the sugar coated pop star kind of polished music you usually hear. This is one of their shortest songs on the EP only lasting just under three minutes, but it’s one of my favourite in terms of instrumental. Half way through the track the instruments get heavier with the guitar almost sounding like a violin emitting a heavenly hum.
The last song “The Rescue” opens with the drums and lead guitar holding a fast lively pace, quickly followed by bass and vocals. Taking it down a tempo Mark and Keegan harmonise with their flawless finish. This decent band has real breakthrough potential and is just what we need this year to bring rock back on the music raider.
The lads will be playing the Humberg festival in Germany and other gigs throughout London in the upcoming months. This is definitely one band to look out for music lovers!
– Jessica Riley