Stripped back, honest music is hard to find in the modern world. With everything coming out of the music industry of late being lost in glitz, glamour and shock value. Yet, the rock genre has seen a recent revival with bands like Greta Van Fleet in prog rock. Now Survival Code are returning to the roots of rock with their new single ‘Not Working.’ Already having gained quick support in the media world from radio stations like Planet Rock and Kerraning! Radio, Survival Code are a London based duo who have provided the most enticing introduction in the form of ‘Not Working.’
Listen to ‘Not Working’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VejwI2ox_20&feature=youtu.be
The song is one that needs to be heard live and is accompanied with a music video that captures the energy and humour of the band, making them appealing beyond their music. Consisting only of Dublin born Gary McGuinness (on lead vocals and guitar) and London bred Tom Cook (on drums and backing vocals), the pair have rid themselves of anything that is not absolutely essential. Trimming the fat of surplus band members and unnecessary production has allowed Survival Code to race ahead on the road to success.
Laying the way for their debut album, Hopelessness of People, ‘Not Working’ is a rock track Biffy Clyro wish they wrote. Gary’s vocals are a soft accompaniment to the hard rock sound, providing something that can appeal to all fans of the rock genre. Whilst having elements of a classic rock sound, ‘Not Working’ is a single completely embracing the movement of rock and guarantees Survival Code will not be left behind. Standing strong against the issue of wayward band members, Survival Code have been helped along by none other than Matt Hyde (who has worked with Slipknot, Bullet for my Valentine and Ash). The duo has the power and passion of a band twice their size, their dedication and effort simply baffling when considering they are making it all on their own. Even without other band members, Survival Code manage to pull off professional riffs and melodies that will have you addicted in no time.
2018 sees Survival Code performing a few live shows in London and Dublin. Filling this new year with their music, ‘Not Working’ has the release date of February 1st with the full album, Hopelessness of People, being available in August.
January 12th – Whelan’s, Dublin
Single Launch – Jan 27th: “The Lounge”, Archway, London (with Youth Killed It, Kid Kapichi and more!)
February 22nd – Hope & Anchor, London
Review by Skye W.Winwood