Astoria’s latest single ‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ brings a more refined take on their previous rock ‘n’ roll-inspired tracks. They do however continue to diverge from the huge array of mainstream indie bands out there, by embracing moments of Pearl Jam-esc rock matched with a strong melodic sensibility.
Born and bred in Leeds, the band is made up of Alex, Ben, George, Luke, and Vinnie. They formed at school and have since had a few switch-arounds in the band, soon finding their roles to release their first single ‘Where the Light Lives’ in 2021. When describing their formation, lead singer and guitarist Vinnie explained how he was shocked when his bandmate, Luke, picked up the sticks and played like he’d been behind the kit ‘for the entirety of his short life’. Luke now on rhythm guitar, and Vinnie switching from guitarist to frontman, their music exudes a band made up of multi-instrumentalists with gripping composition coming from every angle.
Astoria – Don’t Forget Me Now
‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ is no exception to this formula. The track uncovers a band that know exactly what they are doing. Their signature layered guitar sound, stirring riffs and effortless solos are prominent, mixed with an energetic and stimulating drum beat to propel the track forward. The way the guitars and drums bounce off each other in the intro is pure bliss and the expert orchestration carries through to create a dynamic song with exciting builds and more restrained verses.
Vinnie creates a yearning feeling in the vocals, specifically in the chorus, offering a softer and nostalgic feel to the song. His unique rawness in his tone manages to expose the emotion in the song, sometimes hard to authentically achieve in a rock song. It’s refreshing to hear a modern rock track that doesn’t rush through the verses but projects confidence and delves into its musicality.
Astoria have proved with their latest single they’ve certainly perfected the standalone banger. They seem to keep delivering but I’d be interested to hear what they can do with an album, as they certainly don’t seem pushed for ideas. If there’s one thing this band doesn’t lack, it’s passion. It’s pouring out from every guitar strum, crash symbol struck, and lyric sung. It’s infectious! I have no doubt they will be embraced and embedded into the memories of every crowd member at their upcoming live shows. In their own words ‘big things are coming’.
‘If there’s one thing this band doesn’t lack, it’s passion. It’s pouring out from every guitar strum, crash symbol struck, and lyric sung. It’s infectious!’
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