Formed in late 2017, five-piece Oxford-based Ciphers have just released their EP 'Feed Their Fiction' with a headline show at the O2 Academy 2 Oxford.
The EP is described by Nightshift magazine as "offering frost-hearted midnight shoegaze shimmer and smoky jazz/blues across three songs that reward repeated listening, not ready to give up their charms too soon."
Their vast dynamic sound ranges from post-rock to post-punk, encompassing powerful vocals, interlocking guitars, and soaring crescendos, which has secured them support slots with international touring acts such as Maps & Atlases, The Underground Youth, Smiley & The Underclass, Saltwater Sun, and Ulysses Wells.
Having excelled in the Halloween fancy dress stakes at Oxjam last year it’s no surprise to hear Ciphers get their goth on on their debut EP, the band – featuring Kid Kin’s Pete Lloyd alongside two former members of The Beckoning Fair Ones – offering frost-hearted midnight shoegaze shimmer and smoky jazz/blues across three songs that reward repeated listening, not ready to give up their charms too soon.
Opener ‘Howl’, for example, feels slight initially, a brooding, twinkling slice of drama queen goth-pop, but revealing itself more fully third time round, and with the volume cranked significantly higher, some seriously heavy duty bass kicking in as the song emerges from its own flames.
‘Innocents’ is the best of the three, Pete, and Kieran Spriggs’ guitars going the full shoegaze blizzard, swarming around Mila Todd and Lindsey’s interlocking vocals to create something not unlike Skin from Skunk Anansie fronting Slowdive.
There’s an almost folky feel to ‘Awake’, but it too rises to something epic across its seven-minute duration and if Ciphers might do well to really unleash their inner witch, let their musical flames take hold, they’ve got the power and potential to become a force to reckon with.
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Super local supports from Self Help who play their first Schism show since 2017 and ace new comers Ciphers who have just headlined the O2 for their EP launch!
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