Breaking a three-year-long silence since the release of their crushing-yet-catchy single “City Of Gold”, Singaporean post-hardcore outfit Villes is back with a vengeance, unveiling the single “Don’t You Worry” from the forthcoming debut LP, The Cure.
Opening with an emotion-fuelled string arrangement atop distorted guitars and crashing percussion, “Don’t You Worry” shows a focused effort to balance soothing melody with aggression, pushing and pulling between guitarist/vocalist Bryan Ulric’s catchy hooks and vocalist Dominic Tan’s abrasive screams. The result presents a sound that’s both approachable to listeners unfamiliar with heavy genres, yet doesn’t hold out on those looking to headbang.
Despite YouTube listeners labeling the band as the ‘Asian Beartooth’ (to which Villes had no qualms poking fun of itself in the trailer leading up to the music video’s release), the single is better compared with recent works of metalcore acts like Bring Me The Horizon and Crown The Empire, who have similarly adopted more melodic signatures.
Inspired by a former romantic partner’s derision of his dreams to pursue music, Tan explains via the band’s commentary page, "‘Don’t You Worry’ is about leaving the naysayers behind. Embrace your eccentricities whatever they may be, because if we stray together, the definition of the word ‘unconventional’ will be meaningless.”
In addition to the band’s lead single, the full-length contains tracks that feature guest vocals by Ryo Kinoshita of Japanese metalcore band Crystal Lake and Luke Holmes of Melbourne hardcore outfit Ocean Grove, as well as “The Levy Pt. 2”, a sequel to the fan favourite, and a remixed and remastered version of “City Of Gold”.
The Cure drops on April 28 through Shibui Records. Physical, digital and merch pre-order bundles available at villesband.com/thecure.