A Different Space of Mind is the first full-length album by Irish indie rock five piece The Winter Passing. Fronted by siblings Rob and Kate Flynn, the band have progressed massively since their last release Scrapbook in 2013 and have played with the likes of Touché Amoré and Playlounge, as well as touring the UK and Ireland. With an upcoming tour of the US this autumn and even appearing at Gainesville Fest in Florida alongside bands such as Modern Baseball, mewithoutYou and The Menzingers, the band definitely have a promising future ahead of them.

Within the first 15 seconds of the album, we get a full on idea of what the band are about from The Fever. Deep, prominent bass riffs combined Kate’s punchy but somehow still dainty vocals, as well as (potentially) a reference to Tarantino film ‘True Romance’ sets the sound apart from typical indie-rock.

The bands’ ties with Ireland’s punk scene are quite evident in this album, the heavier, distorted guitar in songs such as ‘Nowhere Still’ and ‘Creak’ give a more grunge edge to, again, what could’ve easily been a typical indie album.

‘Daisy’, with it’s recently released video, is quite reminiscent of 2010/2011 Los Campesinos! and is definitely the best starting point if you’ve never heard of The Winter Passing. Guitars building up then dropping out make it one of the most exciting tracks on the album, and will definitely be one that will be a highlight at shows.

The title track has a bit of an anthemic vibe. It’s definitely a song that can be described as ‘uplifting’ and the interesting recording of vocals and fade out at the end makes you want to listen to the album over and over.

Overall, the album is indie-rock with just the right amount of influence from pop and also from hardcore to give it an emo sound that’s reminiscent (and most likely for fans of) label mates Dads and bands such as Nai Harvest and American Football, but the combination of Rob and Kate’s vocals is what puts the band a step above the rest. The Winter Passing are definitely a band to watch out for in 2016.

A Different Space of Mind will be co-released by 6131 Records (North America) and FITA Records (UK/EU) on September 18th, 2015.

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