Monday, 9 April 2012

Slowcoaches - We're So Heavy EP

Living in Leeds seems to be a definite plus for someone reviewing new music, due to what seems to be a constant stream of new musical talent. True, it can seem oddly transient - due to a revolving door of students bringing their musical influences and abilities in, and taking them away just as suddenly - but scratch the surface and there’s a thriving scene of both long time Yorkshire heads, and people who turned up years ago and never left. Slowcoaches form part of this bedrock group of artists who have been lurking around the Hyde Park area for a few years, and their first EP ‘We’re So Heavy’ fuses scuzzy stoner rock with the nervy melodic hardcore of Husker Du. With 6 tracks at just under 15 minutes, it grabs attention from the start with the title tracks slow, booming guitar giving way to fast paced punk rock with a riff that will stick in your head for days. This lays the blueprint for the rest of the record; fuzzy hardcore punk with an oddly pop sensibility when it comes to a tune that makes this one of the most interesting records I’ve heard in a while. Highlights include the title track, ‘Get Ripped’ and ‘Gimme Fuck Ups’. A solid and exciting first release, I’m looking forward to seeing them live!

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