Useless Cities are a band that seem to have found their identity and wear it on their sleeves. Uncomplicated and gloriously atmospheric, the songs rise and fall with a grace that is alien to most people’s idea of an indie band, but this is definitely where they belong. Shades of Echo and the Bunnymen, Radiohead and even Snow Patrol can be heard throughout.

Track 1 is the title track and starts with a piano before everything joins in and you find yourself swaying and nodding your head in acceptance of the sound. There are two main parts to Stay and both of them have you captivated in their individual brilliance. Each time the instrumental part comes back, it builds just a little bit more so the change to the vocal section is emphasised.
Second up is Follow which has a hypnotic guitar part supported by solid bass and drums. Again this builds up to a wonderfully complex sound with every element contributing to the finished product. Last on the EP is To Be Ruined but it doesn’t ruin what is a great way to spend 10 minutes. Once again it starts all nice and calm but this just lulls you into a false sense of security before the sound drowns you in a wave of epic proportions – what a way to go.

Useless Cities are a band that you should search out. Currently playing in and around London but I don’t think it will be long before they are on their way to a venue near you.
Have to give this a 9 out of 10.