The Brighton-based quartet release their debut EP Collateral, under a new deal with Yala! Records, the label co-founded by former Maccabee Felix White and home to the likes of The Magic Gang and Willie J Healey. Every element of their fierce and uncompromising sound feels like hypnotism fuelled by psychosis. Their grinding riffs achieve a mesmeric power through brute repetition, while their rhythm section produces taut, nervous energy and intense post-punk grooves in equal measure. Anxious, angsty and foreboding, the title track and new single is driven by Luke Phelps’ propulsive bass combined with Isaac Ide’s tight percussion. Meanwhile, dual frontmen Andy Buss and Leith Ambrose trade lyrics which explode with vitriol and recriminatory aggression.
Elsewhere, the EP encompasses a dark, Birthday Party vibe on the barely controlled chaos of Adderall, their modernist take on Gang of Four in Contain It and To Be Felt, which is available on vinyl for the first time. The four songs are also inspired by snapshots of conversations heard during a night out. Lifelong friends Buss and Ambrose formed the band while at college in Colchester with Phelps. Initially they practiced above a jewellery shop: the epitome of a band reacting to the mundanity of their surroundings. Early jams often devolved into marathon sessions of fourteen hours or more, made all the more chaotic by the amount of whisky they’d share as well as the growing attention of the local police. Relocating to Brighton, a turning point came at a King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard gig. Seeing a band that well-drilled made them rethink the work ethic that their own project required. The recent addition of Ide also inspired a darker, more intense direction for the band, together with a fresh rush of creativity. For fans of Gang of Four, Preoccupations and early Foals.