Defy All Reason are a four piece hailing from Wrexham with a heavy southern rock flavour to their sound, reminiscent of Black Stone Cherry meets Nickelback (the good album they did, play nice people). “Every Second Counts” is the debut EP from the band consisting of four tracks that are all different, yet really blend well together.
“Every Second Counts” opens with a high energy track by the name of “Shake It”. “Shake It” is one of those songs that makes you think you’re a pole dancer when you’ve had a bit too much Jagermeister (it can’t just be me that does that surely?). With a singalong chorus and some gritty riffs that make you want to grind up against the nearest pole, this one is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
The tempo is slowed down a little with “Behind Those Eyes”, a Bon Jovi-esque power ballad full of longing and really shows how diverse a vocalist Gavin Jones is. This is 80’s power balladery (not a word) brought right up to date. The tracks begins with a gentle acoustic tone before building into a climactic end.
The power balladery (again not a word) continues with “Coming Home” a romantic ode to the “bird at home” presumably. The track is in danger of being on the predictable side with its structure but this formula has worked for long enough, why change it? It sticks in your head and you can imagine a sea of lighters swaying in time at live shows (or phones as is the case these days)
I’m really glad Defy All Reason chose to end their EP with a more up tempo track. “Blame It On The Rock and Roll” is another pole dancing favourite! Plenty of distortion on the guitars and some gravel soaked vocals make for a great ending to “Every Second Counts”
Considering this is a debut EP, “Every Second Counts” shows a lot of promise, especially as the songs are so catchy. A melting pot of Black Stone Cherry and Nickelback (their heavier stuff) type grooves with a nice subtle nod to the glory days of Bon Jovi is what you’ve got in store for you here.
Defy All Reason are:
Gavin Jones – Lead Vox/Guitar
Darren Jones – Backing Vox/Guitar
Lee Shenton – Bass Guitar
James Radhi – Drums