Basing a whole release on an infamous myth and having it sound just as epic as the story is no easy task– but Seven Stories High manages to do just that in their 4 track EP Deadweight. Based on the ancient greek myth of King Midas and his golden touch, the Welsh band takes you through the lore while making parallels to relate it to modern day. King Midas’s narrative on Deadweight however was left just open enough to allow listeners to make their own connections to hopefully then help them in their time of need. Speaking to the importance of listeners being able to relate to the concept album, the band explains “We have all, either personally or through someone close to us, dealt with mental health and it was our hope that perhaps someone who was struggling would get something out of this.” With their EP focusing on the struggles of mental health within the tale of King Midas, Seven Stories High certainly set out with a lot to accomplish– and did just that. Sonically, the band describes the sound of the album as split, stating that “… half follows a fast up-beat Pop Punk feel, which gets people dancing and jumping around. The other is heavier – fuller sounding and darker in feel, which you can chant and scream along to.” Beyond the fact that the split in sound mirrors the split in tone of the story (fortune vs greed), it is through this split that we start to see where Seven Stories High draws influence from. Over the course of the band’s sophomore EP, there are times where you can hear the influence of bands like State Champs, The Wonder Years, and Four Year Strong— and it’s fantastic to see how each band within our community influences each other, especially when it leads to a release as monumental as this.
Listening to Deadweight, the EP is polished in all of the best ways. While I love a good band regardless of their production, Seven Stories High chose a production that fit their sound, so it helps elevate them– allowing every note to shake you to your core. Further, with what their goals were with the narrative of the album, lyrically, they exceeded the goals they set forth. For example, the first track of the EP, “Apathy“, in terms of the narrative sets the scene for the King Midas tale, but it also contains such earnest lyrics about mental health and the difficulty of speaking about it. However, the track contains enough vague lines and metaphors that allow the irresistibly catchy opening track to be molded to fit any listener’s needs. This becomes a trend throughout the EP: “Midas” sets the character up as the villain and speaks about the fall of the hero in one’s life; “Hoax” uses parallels between Midas and the concept of a ‘God’ to speak about finding purpose without a higher power; and the final track “Alchemy Pt. 1” tells of Marigold moving on with hope after having lost faith in her father (Midas), while speaking about hope and strength in a larger sense. There’s a dual meaning to each track, which means the EP can live two lives– one without the King Midas narrative, and one with. It makes for a truly complex record with lyrics that can fit whatever mood you’re in. Completed by Vocalist Rhys Hyett-Ferrier, Matt Davies and Charlie Porter on Guitar, Kallum Brain on Bass and Dave Bevan on Drums as Seven Stories High, the band has made something epic. The EP is dynamic and sonic, with such diversity and range that you’re exposed to such rich and pure emotion in the process. This EP is anything but dull and not something that should be ignored or overlooked. I highly encourage you to get Deadweight when it is self-released by the band on 11/24, so you two can hear the complex yet essential pop-punk nature of the EP. In the meantime, you can catch up with Seven Stories High on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Twitter.
Last modified: November 23, 2017