ALBUM: Estrons – You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough

WORDS – Maria Passingham

You know when a band has been on your radar for a few years – you know the name, have an idea of how many members and some vague recollections of their debut single – but have never dedicated any time to properly explore who they are and what their sound is? They’ve been on the line-up for a few festivals you’ve attended, but at the last minute a trek across the site to see a band you can’t quite remember if you like seems too much effort, and another year keeping them at arms’ length passes.

Well that band for me is Estrons, and listening to their debut album You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough (out this Friday via Gofod Records) fills me with regret for the past three years during which I could have been enjoying these sounds all along.

Debut single ‘Make A Man’ (released in 2015) is still a sensational, powerful track, but its placement on You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough is a shame. Following ‘Killing Your Love’ (which ends on an eerily similar-sounding chord progression to the one that launches ‘Make A Man’), it dampens the impact of the latter, making it sound more like a ‘Killing Your Love’ reprise.

With a total runtime of just over half an hour, Estrons don’t mince their words or stretch out self-indulgent melodies. They get in, thrash about for a bit, and get out – the beauty on this record lies with those quick, intense, noisy tracks. The guitars in ‘Jade’ shimmer and threaten in a way similar to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and you know album-closer ‘Drop’ is guaranteed to get even the most withdrawn of us to fling ourselves about in the pit.

Unfortunately, the lighter ‘Cameras’ feels like a poor man’s Paramore, and ‘Jesus…’ could easily have gone the same way. It is however redeemed by its Ana Matronic-esque vocals and building climax that wouldn’t have been out of place on a season finale of the OC, were this released 15 years ago.

You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough is by no means a perfect debut for the Welsh trio, but it is a promising start – I have a hunch it may really come into its own in a live setting. Estrons kick off a UK tour with a couple of appearances at Rough Trade in London and Bristol this week, and head to Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen on November 1st and Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on November 7th.

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