Harper – the four piece blues rock/alternative rock band from East London/Essex have been together for a little over a year and have already released stand-out singles ‘Old Wounds That Never Heal’ and ‘Feel So Hollow.’
They now release their ‘Mono No Aware’ E.P.
We had a listen:
‘Cast In Stone’ begins with a guitar-based drone of cold and silica.
Against these atmospheric gaseous risings – a sneering vocal sneaks out.
The upper teeth are certainly exposed when the choppity chorus slides into view. This is a moody heavy metal grunge-a-thon.
‘Eastern Road Dance’ is a little more sparky. With pin-pricks of fiery guitar [Daniel Bhattacharya] these shine like furious lightning bugs.
‘Bringing Me Down’ has a low-insistent bass presence [Jamie Simpson] and that nagging guitar that worries at your skin like a parasitic insect.
The call-and-response chorus has its traditions in old-time blues.
But the sounds are almost psychedelic in nature – think Blue Cheer circa 1968.
Finally, we arrive at ‘Ligature’.
This burns like a rough hitch. The itchy drums [Toby Thacker] will cause a burning sensation around the throat.
While the guitars squeal like rodents falling into a lake of fire. And this is just about a departing love…
Damn it! This is heated! Go get it …
@neilmach © 2014