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EP Review: Searching by I, The Mapmaker

Bournemouth/Southampton based quintet I, The Mapmaker release their debut EP, Searching on 18th May. Big, emotionally charged melodic hardcore is the order of the day. Recorded and produced by Lewis Johns (Rolo Tomassi, Employed To Serve, Palm Reader, Muncie Girls) at The Ranch Production House in Southampton, this is an EP that marks the band out as something special.

Founded by drummer Jonny Browning, guitarist/vocalist Josh Graham, and vocalist Ashley Emery; Twin brother Perry Emery completed the line-up on bass/vocals, flanked by Nathan Kimber on guitar/vocals.

“It was the spirit and candour of the band that encouraged me to become part of something that is truly special to me and everyone else in the band. I feel these attributes are what makes us as a band and form the foundation of our music. There is a sensibility that resonated with me as I hope it does with our listeners; an intimacy that evokes a sense of belonging and that we want everyone to feel a part of.” – Nathan Kimber.

Opener ‘Ghostwalker’ is the perfect introduction to the band, the blend of forthright hardcore riffs and emotion glistens and connects with the listener in a visceral and unbreakable way. Within those four-odd minutes you can feel yourself making a bond with the band that’ll go from strength to strength. ‘1933’ takes a harder more traditional hardcore approach – enthralling and captivated but also complemented wonderfully by having its foundations stretched in ‘1933 Pt2’.

‘Disbelief’ is another strong track, the blend of hardcore riffs and melody is thrilling. The breakdown and cameo from Justine Jones in the final minute is superb. ‘Capsized’ is a thunderous punch to the guts before closer ‘Searching’ rounds things off in exemplary fashion.

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