Music, Singles, The Revue — October 8, 2018 at 5:05 am

Estrons – ‘You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough’ (album review)

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Since their arrival on the UK music scene approximately three years ago, Estrons have firmly entrenched themselves as one of the region’s most intense rock bands. For that matter, they are doing things that are rarely heard globally these days – creating music that shakes walls and melts faces. Forget mellow ballads and head-wagging pop tunes, since their very first day, the quartet have never let their collective foot off the gas pedal. And on their long-awaited debut album, You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough, they deliver one fiery tune after another.

The LP is raucous, explosive, anthemic, and unrelenting in its sonic fury. There is barely a single moment of reprieve nor even a slight pause to catch one’s breath. Every track features propulsive rhythms, searing guitar riffs, and the piercing vocals and even more biting lyricism of front woman Taliesyn Källström. Adrenaline-inducing “Lilac” kick starts the record. The pace is feverish, and every element pounds heavily on the eardrums if not one’s chest. As the song roars, Källström tells the tale of an older man assaulting a younger woman. Her lyrics are even more explosive than the heavy soundscape.

“Gimme gimme gimme gimme.
More he said,
Won’t rest til you’re in my bed.”

The gloomy yet blazing “Killing Your Love” follows, and it lies between Veruca Salt’s fierce alt-rock and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s doom psych-rock. A similar dark haze fills through the doom-rock tune, “Jade”. Angsty guitars and plodding rhythms create the stark atmosphere, and they provide the canvas for Källström‘s tale of one person’s metamorphosis so she can fit in. She yells, “You’ve got to change your mind, your body”.

Estrons turn up the dials on the cathartic and highly anthemic, “Make A Man”. Källström‘s lyrics seem demeaning at first, but it’s her response to how women are objectified in every medium. She is, in other words, turning the tables and giving men some of their own medicine. She further demonstrates she’s not backing down to anyone on “Aliens”. The track commences melodically, but it grows into a fierce, growling mind-bender. As the song intensifies, Källström proclaims she’s not taking the blame for the dissolution of a relationship. She hollers, “You say that I am too much; I say you’re not enough”.

On the sizzling “Body”, she reclaims her identity and herself. In the process, she celebrates who she is and letting everyone know.

“A double meaning,
A new age feeling.
Is that your vibe is that something else you’re stealing?
It’s not a breakthrough,
Whatever you do.
Is overrated I’m not intimidated.”

Estrons turn to punk-pop on the thoughtful and catchy “Strangers”, on which Källström explains how “her conscience needs an intervention” and how she’s been “trying to change herself again”. It’s a rare glimpse of the front woman lowering her walls and asking for acceptance. The Evanescence-like rocker “Cameras” further sees Källström taking a step back and explaining that she will wait for another. It is her revealing her heart, and the escalating guitar solo represents her exposed vulnerability.

The world, meanwhile, awaits for a savior, which the band cleverly depicts on the slow-building and gritty “Jesus”. Dueling guitars twirl within the bludgeoning rhythms while Källström narrates the disappointment of one man. She asks, “But what if you’re just not enough?”, and she later states maybe he’s not “all you want to be”. Then again, maybe people should look to themselves and take control, which is the emphasis on the blistering finale, “Drop”. The song is ferocious, and it is unrelenting in its energy. It is made for thrashing around the house and completely loosing oneself. All the while, it is the anthem about our humanity and imperfections. That as much as we seek answers from divine sources, one only needs to look inward, and You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough is the spark that light the internal (and eternal) flame.

You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough is out now via The Orchard, and it is available for purchase / streaming here.

Estrons are Taliesyn Källström (vocals), Rhodri Daniel (guitar), and Steffan Pringle (bass). They are currently on tour in the UK. Dates and information are available here.

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