Inspired by the likes of Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys and Muse, Scottish threesome PAGES. has been described as “evocative, addictive and explosive walking between the delicate line of rock and pop”. Featured in PHORK, Find No Enemy and The Real Ding, the childhood friends came together to create something interesting. After working on several separate projects, drummer Jack Lovie and his crew embraced their joint creativity to release ‘Bubble Brain’, ‘Black and Blue’, and now ‘Snow’. Come with us as we take a gander at this single.
Following the blistering track ‘Black and Blue’, PAGES. finds the balance between hard alternative rock and explosive pop-rock tinged with a contemporary indie style. Yet, while one can attempt to categorise PAGES., this is almost impossible with their edginess and unmistakable signature sound. Not to be pigeon-holed, the lads bring a refreshing breath of air to the UK indie scene without being too annoyingly in your face. The combination of pounding drums, screeching guitars and raspy vocals is in your face but in a melodic manner with a wistful haziness.
In the bright, multi-coloured tapestry of contemporary rock acts, PAGES. shoots a silver thread shimmering brightly as they ensnare our senses. The heaviness of the guitars and drums meld together creating a sonic foundation amidst the swirl of sound. However, while ‘Snow’ pummels you with the powerful melody, there is a relief in the music allowing you to breathe. Interspersed throughout the track, there is an underlying piano coming to the fore in a beautiful solo movement. It is this that really captures my attention and sends shivers down my spine.
The melody may have your skin tingling, but it is the lyrical content that makes enhances the track’s evocative nature. PAGES. share that ‘Snow’ was “written in isolation last winter…from the point of view of a friend who went to prison and the harsh reality of having to enter an alternate reality away from loved ones.” – a tale of loss, desperation and fear so aptly communicated by the chilling track. What I find intriguing is how the roughness of the song’s arrangement not only emboldens the message but also how it heightens the listener’s emotional connection until it explodes in a triumphant ending.