Serene debut for Cohesion boys

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AFTER forming three years ago and supporting bands including Frankie & the Heartstrings, indie rockers Cohesion are set to release their debut EP.

The Wearside five-piece, who met while studying at Sunderland College, have been perfecting the four-track offering for most of this year.

Vocalist and guitarist Matthew Watchman, Lewis Cooke on guitar, David Wright on bass, Jordan Taggart on drums, and Jonathan Hall on guitar, all 19, labelled it Serene, in the name of the title track.

The EP combines the naivety of young musicians with an “intensity” that the band say developed during the recording process.

Frontman Matthew said it has been a long time coming.

“We have been recording for a while,” he said. “We wanted to take the time to perfect everything so it was polished and ready.

“I think it’s as good as we could have made it, so it feels like the right time to put it out.”

Describing themselves as “a dark Two Door Cinema Club,” the band’s sound has been likened to that of rockers Biffy Clyro. The Lake Poets’ Martin Longstaff describes them as “Minus the Bear meets Maps and Atlases.”

However, they said their music changed while recording Serene.

“It was produced by Anthony Edward Snowdon, of the band Alexander,” said Matthew.

“He was a massive help and adjusted the sound slightly. It was great getting advice from someone with his experience.

“Also, Lewis joined the band not so long ago, so our sound also changed a little having a new member.

“The entire EP is a contrast really. Songs Bittersweet and This Town are quite intense – there’s quite a contrast of feelings and emotions.

“It’s funny because it sounds like all our songs are about girls, but they’re not.

“We haven’t heard anyone’s opinion about what they think of it yet. We’re waiting for the response and reviews.

“This is our stuff coming out into the world for the first time, so we are quite nervous waiting to hear what people think of it.”

* Serene will be available on iTunes and Spotify from November 15.