Just under 12 months ago, as the curtains were being drawn on 2012 and we were preparing to switch off the light, four guys from Manchester knocked on the door and asked to come in for a moment. Seven minutes was all they asked for and seven minutes was granted. Before those seven minutes were even over, 2012 had thrown open the curtains, discarded it’s dressing gown and was hastily pulling up its jeans, yelling to everyone who could hear, ‘wait, wait, I’m not done yet, there’s more and its really special’.
The four guys were Embers and the seven minutes belonged to the grandiose noise of “Hollow Cage”, a track which came just in time to storm our end of year list but too late to influence our (and many other bloggers) 2013 previews. A month earlier, we said at the time, and the Blog Sound of 2013 longlist could have looked quite different.
After that explosion into the blogoshpere’s collective consciousness, 2013 progressed quite steadily for Embers. Building gradually like the cinematic narrative of the aforementioned “Hollow Cage” as they first supported then headlined numerous shows and released a new single, the storming “Part Of The Echoes”. They played two sets at The Great Escape, one in a grand high-ceilinged venue that allowed their music to spread and soar, the other in the cramped space of the Mesmerist pub where their sound exploded out at the audience, pummelling them with intensity and energy as veins bulged and sinews strained. It was one of the most intense, in your face performances we saw all year and we loved it.
The build has been steady but ultimately there will come a crescendo, an explosion of sound and success that their promise surely demands and deserves.
2014 is just about to wake up, and Embers are waiting outside ready to knock on the door.