This six track EP comes from a band who take their name from a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. Based in Leicester (obviously) this four piece really does show potential. If I was to describe them in one sentence I’d call them the UK’s very own ‘proto’ system of a Down. As musically, and at times lyrically, the band does pay homage to System, albeit minus the atmospheric effects that the US rockers bring to their music.
What is interesting is that Codex Leicester are being marketed as ‘Pop infused indie Rock’, which to be honest boggles the mind. They are a Screamo band through and through and marketing them to a pop/ indie audience is seriously going to go south PR wise.
The EP starts off with the track ‘Strong Like Bull’ a pure Screamo track, which really showcases the bands potential. There are some interesting sound effects and the changing drum beats help to make this a catchy track.
‘Hey Hey Hot legs’ is a bit too screamy at times, although there are some lovely guitar riffs and again very nice, interesting drumming.
‘Van Saint’ is again instrumentally excellent and the vocals are much more melodic than on the rest of the album, while Wichita is a bit of a blur on the EP and would probably work better to a live audience as its definite floor filler.
‘Concrete Stetson’ has way too much going on vocally, yet manages to say very little, both vocally and instrumentally it’s incredibly monotonous and pretty difficult to listen to. ‘Supersleeper’ the final track on the album isn’t much better vocally; though it manages to be a bit more coherent though instrumentally again it’s great.
All in all, Codex Leicester is an ok band. As stated previously they have potential musically, yet whether or not they are allowed to achieve this potential remains to be seen, especially while they are being marketed as ‘Pop infused indie Rock’…