Bournemouth rockers Sansara have had a funny old time over the last 12 months or so, with some changes in their line up making for a bit of an unsettled first half of the year. However, ‘Defiance’ is their third EP and it’s a hotly anticipated release; they’ve been a bit quiet on the local scene whilst concentrating all their energies on the recording process. I have to say, it’s everything I hoped it would be and more – I haven’t stopped listening to it since I got it …
When the first chords of the opening track, ‘Stronger’ kicked in, followed by Tom’s sublime vocals, I knew I was in for a treat with this EP. ‘Stronger’ is the perfect opener, a huge track that could well become anthemic over time. Drums, guitar, bass and vocals seem to come together almost effortlessly, the chorus is catchy and memorable and I just love it.
Second song ‘Refine Your Mind’ starts slowly, building to a bruising chorus, again sounding tight and accomplished. I love the lyrics; in fact I like everything about it. So far, this is proving to be my favourite track on the EP.
Third offering ‘On Your Own’ is another solid slab of rock and closing track ‘In Your Hands’ is an absolute belter – Tom’s vocals are outstanding on this song. From the super-long note at the beginning to the very last note, it’s a real crowd pleaser.
Sansara, l-r Tom Sawyer, vocals; Dee Aldwell, bass; Mike Rigler, drums and Sam Hughes, guitar
New bassist Dee Aldwell appears to have settled in to the role with ease and Sansara now seem to be 100% complete and focussed on the task at hand; indeed, I find it hard to be at all critical of ‘Defiance’. Sansara have matured and grown with each of the EP’s that they’ve put out; they now seem completely at home with the music they’re making and the line-up that they have. If I had to find fault with something, it would be that I wish that they would consider putting out a whole album of songs, because they have the ability and the talent. Put simply, four songs isn’t enough. But that’s all. It’s blatantly clear that, whilst Sansara’s foundations may have been a bit shaky at the start of this year, they’re certainly heading out of it stronger than ever and 2015 may just be their year.
If you haven’t yet got a copy of ‘Defiance’, make sure you get one as soon as – don’t just take my word for it, hear how great it is for yourself! Don’t forget that the hometown launch show is THIS Friday, 3rd October, at Bournemouth’s home of metal, The Anvil.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite, check out the video for ‘Stronger’ here – http://www.videscape.com/watch?v=aq9y8hfpc0cv9zw5
Track listing –
Refine Your Mind
On Your Own
In Your Hands