Listen To This: Enamel Animal
Liverpool band mixing psych-rock with grimy grunge
Words: Phil Weller
Who are they:
Enamel Animal, they sound like the 90s and early 00s colliding. Think Alice In Chains and Kyuss get punky while spaced out on Xanex
For fans of:
Alice In Chains, Kyuss, Rage Against The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins
What do they sound like:
The heady psych/stoner sounds of early, primitive Kyuss merges with the hazy melancholy of Smashing Pumpkins which weaves in and out of their core sound. Their new album, Unfaith – released February 2017 – showcases a greater focus and appreciation of dynamics. Opener Surrender Reverence comes across like Pink Floyd jamming through Blues For The Red Sun, while Philip Collier’s genteel, haunting vocals are compelling and adaptive to their surroundings. On War Machine there is a hint of Mark Lanegan and Chris Cornell pocking his voice, while the guitars, drums and bass lock tight into a swinging, rollicking groove.
The Liverpool band first arrived on the scene with a three track demo EP, Demo(cracy) in 2003. Since then they’ve changed guitarist and fine tuned their sound to embrace the lucid psych moments more, blending them well with the stoner/grunge aesthetics. With their strong following in their hometown leading to Crosstown Records snapping them up, they are ready to hit the rest of the UK hard, including Manchester.
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