UK Indie Rockers St. Buryan Get Loud With "Giving In"
Somewhere in the bustling hub of North East England is a band called St. Buryan, comprised of five killer talents pooling their powerhouse pop-rock skills to deliver anthem after anthem of indie goodness. On the heels of a couple great years releasing attention-grabbing singles, the band return with “Giving In,” their first release of 2019.
With a rounder, more robust and mature sound, St. Buryan are kicking the year off right as heavyweights in the UK indie-rock scene. They’re making a name for themselves, humbly planting themselves squarely into the spotlight — if “Giving In” is any indication of what the year holds for St. Buryan, then they are well on their way to garnering the accolades they deserve. Not many can balance quiet modesty with in-your-face talent, but that’s exactly what the guys have mastered, so we better listen.
When we asked St. Buryan to tell us a little about the new track, percussionist Rhys confessed that “Giving In”’s conception happened way quicker than the band even intended, but when they performed it live a few days later (in all its early shakiness), “It was the one track everyone was talking to us about afterwards.” For good reason. Not only is the track a total rock banger, but it’s also important — as lead vocalist Ben tells us, “It's about getting to a stage in your life when you realise that everyone around you is just a little bit broken and lost.” We can all relate to that bittersweet epiphany — one that makes us feel a little less alone but a little more confused.
“Giving In” opens with a steady beat mapped out on percussion and a searing guitar riff before things start blooming out of the background and straight into the forefront. There’s a transition, sure, but it’s slight — the song kicks off simply until it gains its footing, bursting into a high-powered arrangement of smacking, shimmering percussion and distant vocal echoes. The lead vocals hit, edgy and impassioned above a more contained soundscape, generously giving space for each verse to land. Soon the rollicking arrangement falls back for a slinky hook before returning quickly to the smash of indie-rock. In and out like this the song goes — standing down for new elements to emerge then erupting once again for the cacophony of camaraderie, an impressive union courtesy of St. Buryan’s thoughtful production efforts. “Giving In” is a rollercoaster of sorts, navigating the lurching crescendos and rapid-fire dips of its own frenzied making.
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