Unhinged & Elder Fawn Single Reviews
Two bands, two singles. One review
Words: Phil Weller
Elder Fawn – Down
After experimentations and flirtations with progressive aesthetics on their track A Blood Infused Obligation, Manchester’s Elder Fawn are embracing a more stripped down, sandpaper like approach on Down. Where layers had previously amplified their soundscapes alongside assertive offbeat guitar motifs, here their grunge roots are the most deep rooted.
On Down they come across like a garage rock sparring match between early Nirvana and equally as early Biffy Clyro – the latter always a dominant influence upon vocalist/guitarist Luke Gallagher’s songwriting. It is raw and purposefully unkempt. A pained Cobain like howl, which can be a little jarring due to its imperfections, combines with the twanging, spasmodic riffs of The Vertigo of Bliss era Biffy. The rawness envelopes the song's overall sound and feels like it could be a long lost cassette demo from the 90s. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The punchy track is not trying to be anything superfluous or grandiose, but what does prevail is a purely bred, honestly convicted slice of music.
Stream the single on Spotify here: http://spoti.fi/2kRhSQs
Unhinged – Cigarette
From its minimalist cover, to the nicotine-craving, pop punk flavoured verses and its rollicking, aptly rolling chorus, Cigarette charters the tale of a bloke who just really wants a smoke. Punky, fun and catchy, it tackles a matter close to so many people’s hearts. Fuck e-cig vaping poseurs with their fake hits of blueberry and bubblegum, Unhinged want the good stuff, the real stuff.
Bolstered by a smart and glossy production, atop of which vocalist Mike Hodges sounds more confident and collected than on the band’s previous releases – which were by no means timid or reserved – they manage to sound like a blend of Bowling For Soup and Oasis. That in itself is quite a feat.
Sure, they do nothing to reinvent the musical wheel here, but what they do is keep it spinning through both joyousness and a grisly anger. They are no trailblazers or innovators, but what they are, whether you are into the most satanically evil black metal, the gnarliest thrash, the most violent grindcore or the most stripper-pleasing glam, is infectiously entertaining. This is a heavy rotation song for everyone.
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Debut album Life Can Wait out 2017