Album review: SYTERIA – Reflection

SYTERIA - Reflection

Cargo Records [Release date 21.02.20]

Based in Yorkshire, Syteria were formed by guitarist Jackie “Jax” Chambers, lead guitarist of legends Girlschool. And are often seen gigging during Girlschool downtime, our blond bombshell Jax is a busy girl.

Since 2015 they’ve released an EP and their debut album Rantobot, the latter featuring a fuzz fuelled rant or two. Here we get album number two, and well worth the wait it’s been too. And a warm welcome to new bassist Steph Dawson too, who joins drummer Pablo Calvo in a more than decent rhythm section.

The opening track Make Some Noise is uplifting, featuring some great guitar. A hint of punk and pop, and a huge slice of rock’n’roll, think We’ve Got a Fuzzbox with much more guitar emphasis. The song structure makes the music both accessible and embracing.

Goodbye World, heavier on the fuzz, is more thought provoking, and behind Julia Vocal’s lead vocals are some strong vocal harmonies. And an outstanding guitar solo too. The title track similarly mixes lead vocals with vocal harmonies and a solid rhythm, it’s one to get your head nodding all the way. The title track I went back to a few times and it grew on me more each time.

Asylum has quite a different feel with a more intricate guitar line, while Gossip has a bigger sound.

Then there’s the pace changes in Sorry, which also highlights the vocal strengths of Julia Vocal.

While there are overlaps with the punk roots of Girlschool, it’s something they play more on, rather than the glam influences of Girlschool. That and Jax being the sole guitarist, where she really excels, you do get quite a different type of energy and sound. Equally fun and accessible but credit for Syteria for being Syteria.

On the basis of this album I am going to search out the band’s debut and also make an effort to see them live. Look out for the March UK tour dates. ****

Review by Joe Geesin

MAR 05 Trillians Rock Bar

MAR 06 The Dragonffli, Pontypool

MAR 07 The Victoria, Swindon

MAR 12 Real Time Music, Chesterfield

MAR 13 The Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyme

MAR 14 Tapestry Arts, Bradford

MAR 15 King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton

MAR 20 Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate

APR 18 The Victoria Vaults, York

APR 24 Hangar 18 Music Venue, Swansea

APR 26 Queens Hall, Nuneaton

MAY 02 Rockforce Festival, Blackpool

MAY 08 The Portland Arms, Cambridge

MAY 14 Corporation, Sheffield

MAY 16 Vinyl Tap, Preston

MAY 21 Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

MAY 22 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

MAY 23 O2 Institute, Birmingham

AUG 01 Drunken Monkey Festival, Malvern

AUG 07 Yorkshire Rock & Bike Show, Newthorpe

AUG 29 Steel Town Festival, Consett


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