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Wakefield quartet find what they’re looking for.

You want anthemic rock? The full arms-aloft, mobile-phones-in-the-air, girlfriend-squirming- on-your-shoulders caboodle? You got it. This Wakefield quartet have the style down to a fine art – the slow, deliberate build-up with thudding bass and low, portentous vocals gathering pace before erupting in a heroic chorus.

It sounds simple enough but who knew there were so many variations on the theme? There clearly are, and Euphoria Audio have them all covered. You’ve got to sound convincing too. Crucially, singer Matt Shirty has the voice for it, and the others know their roles.

Sure, you can tick off the influences one by one, from U2 to Simple Minds to Def Leppard, but what kind of self-respecting anthemic rock fan does that? It’s an LA production too – big, but not overreaching. Now Euphoria Audio have to back up the big album with big deeds, at a big level. It’s a big ask.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.