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Canvas: No Love, No Hope, No Future

Bedfordshire hardcore debutants paint themselves into a corner

It’s comforting to know that no sooner have Heights called it a day, that there are already bands paying homage to their input on UK hardcore – at least that’s how it feels from Canvas’s album opener, No Future.

While staying firmly in the vein of a number of HC stalwarts, the Bedfordshire bruisers try their best to diversify the genre by ushering in post-rock elements on Tired Eyes and Live Exist, but vocally it’s missing something. The swathing instrumentals push the music in more interesting directions, but the vocals lack any serious depth – kind of like putting a wave machine in a paddling pool. Lyrics like ‘I’m getting bored of life’ and ‘It’s hard to live when you’re already dead’ are akin to despondent teenage poetry, and while we’re not expecting Oscar Wilde to front a hardcore band, it’s hard to fully immerse yourself in Canvas’s world. There’s the odd flurry of adrenaline-pumping ferocity in Tarot and these guys have the potential to really take it somewhere – they just need a lot more work.

Via Transcend Music