Track Review: Wear Me Down // Ten Eighty Trees
With their reputation for hard-hitting, energetic and engaging performances, UK-based rockers Ten Eighty Trees are establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Intoxicatingly infectious, the lads have been capturing the attention of audiences and press alike, and it’s all pretty awesome. Described by Crack Magazine as having “…sky-scraping tunes to burn” and BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson as blending “…power with precision…”, Ten Eighty Trees are one of the more interesting bands from the North of England. The latest addition to their discography is the single ‘Wear Me Down’.
Taken off their upcoming EP, ‘Wear Me Down’ is a blast of blisteringly raw energy with a hint of “in your face” rock attitude. Influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Thrice and Manic Street Preachers, there is an intensity in the melody, but a smoothness woven into the tune. Following the single ‘The Incubator’, ‘Wear Me Down’ has a hard-hitting tone with a combination of pounding drums and dynamic guitars. Interestingly enough, while the instrumentation and vocals blend harmoniously, each element has a bold presence making you pay attention to all aspects – then it weaves into a perfect whole.
Just as their previous material has a hard, heavy sound with profound themes, ‘Wear Me Down’ is just as complex. Touching on “the burnout that toxic perfectionism can cause”, Ten Eighty Trees explore the stress of living in a rat race but insert a melancholic sense of anxiety in the aggressive sound. What I love about ‘Wear Me Down’ is how there is a fiery anger in the melody, but a sprinkling of sadness behind the overwhelming alternative rock music.
Sincere, sentimental, brutally honest and raw, Ten Eighty Trees release a blisteringly powerful single with ‘Wear Me Down’.
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