Album Review: Estrons – You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough

Slowly but surely over the last few years, Welsh three-piece Estrons have been creating a gorgeous embrace of genres, whilst all the while gracing the world with an eclectic array of tracks. Their debut album, You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough feels like both an end and a start to everything the band have been through and done in their short time together.

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From lead singer Tali Källström’s ferocious vocals to the instrumental brilliance of guitarist Rhodri Daniel and bassist Steffan Pringle, the members’ sound collides against each other effortlessly. Take ‘Make A Man’, one of the group’s earliest songs. The introductory thirty seconds or so travels from this slow-moving guitar rhythm towards a brutal charge of drums. The vocals ensure you never lose focus on what’s going on, something only the most prominent vocalists have the ability to do. There’s a big similarity on opener ‘Lilac’, a mental positioning to imprint themselves in your ears until the end.

Production on You Say I’m Too Much… is honestly remarkable – nothing comes out too much or too little. It’s not even like the band have pigeonholed themselves into something with releasing this debut record. On the next one, which hopefully comes soon, they could put out some jazz-infused acoustic version of any of these songs and it probably wouldn’t sound too out there. Alongside the production, the moments of true beauty are unbelievably common. The most cynical of people would say you couldn’t find something beautiful on a punk-based record but Estrons have shown it’s anything but that. Tali’s lyrics about her son on ‘Cameras’ is an eye-opening account of life as a single mother, a beautifully poignant story of the hardness she’s gone through to get to where she’s at now.

The album as a whole just oozes this self-confidence from all the band. It’s something you see a lot on debut albums from bands that have nothing to hide, yet it just feels different here. Like it’ll never leave.

I discovered the band by complete mistake, they were quickly pencilled in to replace Spring King at the opening night of Sŵn Festival in late 2016, which for me and most watching was a raucous introduction to a fairly full Tramshed in Cardiff. Nearly two years later, a full and welcoming circle appears to have been made.