Rhyn - ‘Absence’ EP (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 04:00

RHYN AbsenceHailing from Buckinghamshire comes the Brit-rock four piece Rhyn. Formed in 2010 and originally only consisting of three members before a permanent drummer was found in 2012, they are now set to release their debut EP ‘Absence’. Looking for a way to carve out their own stand out sound, Rhyn take a lot of influence from the likes of Muse and Biffy Clyro whilst also throwing some Nirvana into the mix. Teaming up with producer Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Fightstar), what can be expected from this relatively young band with a thirst to prove themselves?


Kick-starting the six track record is the energetic ‘Elergy’, a track that certainly sets the tone for the EP and represents the type of sound that Rhyn are working to craft. A big staccato riff pulls the listener in straightaway before the vocals of Chris Black take over and guide the song. Some parallels can definitely be drawn between this opening track and early Biffy Clyro and Muse, this remains a consistent theme throughout. Following on from ‘Elergy’ is ‘Fall Away’, a really well crafted track that has one of the catchiest refrains on the EP. The interplay between the guitar of Guy Johnston and the keys work of Chris Black creates a great ebb and flow that keeps the track fresh in the listeners mind.


The shortest track on the EP but one of the most memorable thanks to the piano and guitar intro is ‘Finite Bodies’. It has a more reflective mood to it thanks to the instrumentation which helps to set it apart from the other tracks around it. After the initial gentle intro ‘Finite Bodies’ builds over the course of two minutes fifty eight seconds to a dramatic crescendo. With crashing guitar chords and pounding drums courtesy of Rhys Coombes, one can definitely hear some of the Nirvana and grungier influences of the band coming through here.


‘Victory’ picks up where ‘Finite Bodies’ left off. Thunderous chords and the powerful rhythm section of Coombes and Dan Marr (bass) shift the music up a gear before falling away to allow the vocals room to breathe and sit on top of the mix. The chorus of this track is really well crafted and as a whole it will surely be a hit live. ‘The Only Place’ really shows off the talent of this band both as songwriters and musicians. The structure of the track is excellent with well placed harmonies and a big vocal sound, the whole band lock together to compliment the song from start to finish, and work hard to show off the dynamic range that has been achieved.


The acoustic guitar led ‘Believe In Ghosts’ closes what is an excellent EP. The stripped back nature of the track with just acoustic guitar, piano and vocals provides a great signing off for the EP. It’s well-crafted like all of the preceding tracks and even though it is sparse in terms of instrumentation it still manages to sound just as bold and impressive. This is due to the excellent use of structuring and phrasing by the band, they make use of all the space that the song has to offer through vocal harmonies and the interlocking of the piano and guitar.


Rhyn have created an EP that is sure to make an impact upon the British music scene and beyond. They have clearly shown with ‘Absence’ that they are competent and talented musicians capable of producing a sound that blends a lot of different influences together and then make it their own. Rhyn have arrived with a bang and hopefully they can maintain their momentum for a long time yet and give us an album.