More Than Conquerors
Everything I’ve Learnt
30 September 2013
by Gavin Lloyd
Some records work much better at certain times of year. For example, the sugary pop punk bands of this world should be doing their damnedest to get releases out in the summer so they can cash in everyone’s posi-sunshine vibes. Much in the same way it makes a lot of sense for More Than Conquerors to be releasing their new album Everything I’ve Learnt now we’re leaving summer behind and heading into the autumn and winter months.
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it’s normal for many of our moods to subsequently drop as well. It’s a similar quaint sadness that runs through this album. Yet it has a warm centre similar to how even despite the departed summer sadness, there’s also a pleasant relief that you can wrap up warm and read a book instead of struggling through the daily pile up of hangovers in a pop up tent.
This bittersweet feeling surges through the album being beautifully crafted by front man Kris Platt’s superb vocals. His thick Irish accent often sounds delicate and understated, yet his words are packed with emotion. Over the album’s eleven tracks he subtlety weaves some irresistible hooks into the choruses. Platt turns out to be something of a reluctant star in the making.
Watch the video to ‘Pits of Old’ by More Than Conquerors:
Don’t mistake this for bedwetter-core though. The grunge-tinged riffing on the likes of ‘Pits of Old’ and ‘Try-Antlers’ is excellently executed. While ‘Smoke, Trees, Lungs, Knees’ builds to a huge distorted climax that shows the band can happily accommodate those wanting to bang their heads while maintaining some level of introspection. The band also utilise a great sense of groove, a fine example of this being‘Temper’, which has all the makings of an unorthodox dance floor botherer.
Everything I’ve Learnt is an finely-crafted record which, while not instant, is a rewarding listen. The comfortable melancholy that this album wraps you in offers something intimate that effortlessly resonates with you. Furthermore any band that can provoke this while you’re drinking a cup of tea rather than countless five pound ciders is well worth your time and money.
Sounds Like: The Norther Irish rock scene with a touch of Brand New thrown in for good measure.
Standout Tracks: All That We Can, When The Well Runs Dry, Six Weeks