Why hello there ghouls and gals. Long time no scream. I’m not going to spiel off an endless list of excuses about my lack of posts or updates. I know how much you all love my little rants and exposing secrets, so it’s time to dust those cobwebs from your ears and eyes, grab a seat and take vigorous notes to share with your favourite ghoul-friends after. Hell, share it with the next stranger you see! Because that’s right folks, Rebel is crawling out of hiding and you’re all invited to this private show.
One of our favourite gems: RCKLSS (formerly known as Reckless Intentions) are preparing to launch a brand, sparkling new website, with a new EP to be released in the next few months (I got a sneak peek at that too…and man oh man are you guys in for a treat!) combined with, what seems like, constant touring, they have been busy gremlins.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m easily pleased, especially when it comes to music, but it’s near impossible to blow my mind. However, I’m still picking up the pieces after listening to Reckless’ new cover of Sia’s ‘Helium’. I’ll be honest, I was a wee bit dubious when they initially told me, I absolutely love that woman, and to say she is one of the best songwriters of our time would be an understatement. Naturally, that news made me relapse into a Sia binge. As I listened to the lyrics, I couldn’t help but think how perfectly it would suit Matty’s vocals – I could imagine him penning it himself.
It took me three listens before I could even begin considering writing this review. It was not what I expected it to be. I was expecting something along the lines of You Me At Six’s ‘Poker Face’ where it’s pop-punk enough but you can still hear the original play in the back of your mind. Whilst ‘Helium’ sounds like it’s straight off a ‘Pop Punk Goes Pop’ record, there’s so much more to it. Reckless own it. Revamp it. Go all Dr Frankenstein on that masterpiece, reshaping it into something electrifying. You can’t compare the two. Which is one thing I love, it is so different from the original that it’s stand-alone. The arrangement, with it’s gritty, galvanic guitars, driving bass, and solid backbeat screams RCKLSS. Matty’s vocals get stronger with every song they release. The quartet demonstrates their skills as both songwriters and professional musicians as they take risks that add extra colour to the overall composition.
Oh, and did I mention there’s a video to come with it? No? My bad…well there’s a video. Tying their rebranding campaign in a beautifully neat bow. It’s such a simple concept but extremely effective (and definitely something I want to try! Looks like so much fun!) which is essential in rebranding – you need something familiar enough to appeal to the current fan base, but new enough to draw in unknown faces. Yes, I’m deliberately refraining from sharing details, NO SPOILERS HERE. You’re just going to have to watch it yourselves, aren’t you?
To say I’m excited about RCKLSS’ future is an understatement. These boys have come so far over the last few years, it seems they only know the way up. They’re on our radar, are they on yours?