I really liked the band’s debut self-titled album – and that was despite not liking the band-name or cover-image. That’s good though, it meant the music cut through; it’s the music that matters after all…
And I said somewhere near the end of that review that when the dust settled the band’s voice would emerge, there was a hint of originality about it – but there was more to come. Well that more has arrived.
Here, with new EP, Lucifer, we still have the gnarled riffs of Zeppelin and The Black Keys and many points between but this sophisticated, tight-but-loose duo continues to impress. And on opening-track proper, the title song, it’s a whirlwind of all you could hope for, shades of what once made Rage Against The Machine vital in the riff, the right way of showing a Zep influence (take note: Greta Van Whatsee) and these rock-solid drums that frame it all.
Bastid makes me think of what The White Stripes could have sounded like with a great drummer.
Black Key Dish takes the two-piece blues-rock shapes in the direction of the band named in the song’s title; a soupy wash of southern-gothic soul is stirred through the relentless ‘rock’ of the riff.
The Internet takes even further down a spiral away from ‘just’ retro rock surges. This EP’s arrival coinciding with a new national tour. Here we have a large, beautiful, brutal sound – as the swirling intro makes way for a power-play of a metal riff against the sort of creative drum pattern that Matt Cameron was framing Soundgarden songs with – there’s a hint of vintage Sabbath to the vocal delivery too. It’s a metal/hard-rock fan’s wet-dream really; something brand new that sounds ‘old’ without sounding like a rip.
To that end, I do wonder if concluding this EP with a faithful-enough-but-extrapolating cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song is a direct comment on this whole Greta Van Fleet fiasco. Because this is how you do it. This is how you show an influence, acknowledge a debt, and move forward, making something your own.
It’ll likely go off at the upcoming shows. And deservedly.
Great band. Super impressed. And pleased they didn’t over-egg things here. Just the six-track EP Running in at 24 minutes it’s more than enough. They have yet to put a foot wrong. Class.