Here’s a review of the stunning debut from More Than Conquerors that ran in Hot Press a couple of issues ago.
MORE THAN CONQUERORS
Everything I’ve Learnt (Smalltown America)
Key Track: ‘Bring Me To The Bloodbank’
Release Date: Sep 27
MORE THAN CONQUERORS’ DEBUT IS A BONA FIDE WORLD-BEATER.
Nearly two years in the making, Everything I’ve Learnt is the debut LP by much lauded NI natives More Than Conquerors and it’s a record that effortlessly side-steps any first album jitters by being consistently killer from start to finish. Featuring 11 tracks that hinge on the central theme of faith in its many forms (as well as the absence of faith) the opus is like a Doctor Marten boot-clad octopus, as it will leave no ass un-kicked.
Sonically, More Than Conquerors take their cues from bands like Hot Water Music, Idlewild and Kerbdog and by stitching together different elements of American, British and Irish alternative rock they have created a new monster all of their very own in the process. Tracks like ‘All That We Can’ and ‘Jaw’ are an absolute joy to listen to and they’re packed full of sledge-hammer riffs, punchy rhythms and unforgettable harmonies. It’s singer (and guitarist) Kris Platt’s vocal performances throughout that really set More Than Conquerors apart from the herd though, and his (relatively) high-pitched tones infuse the material with melody and warmth.
For all of its ear-gasm inducing blood and thunder, its actually the tenderest moment on Everything I’ve Learnt which steals the show for this reviewer. Slightly reminiscent of XO era Elliott Smith, ‘Bring Me To The Bloodbank’ is a world-beating number thanks to an intoxicating combination of interwoven vocals, Spartan keys and acoustic guitars and it, alongside the anthemic ‘Pits Of Old,’ point towards a very bright future for the four-piece.