30 August 2013

Cattle - Cattle EP

I love the music scene in the North of England at the moment.  There are some truly wonderful things happening which could not be any further to the so-called charts and what people like Rhino-a.... sorry Rihanna have the audacity to call Rock music - for the record I think that what is chart music has it place, but the moment they say it is rock, is the moment that war is declared.  Away from the so called bright lights you have some truly wonderful workings being made.  In April of this year, Cattle from Leeds in the North of England released this EP to the world, only 9 months after they came into existence.  These guys have been touring the country and playing with Tides Of Iron, Waheela, We Are Knuckle Dragger amongst others; so how does this first release measure up.

This four track ep brings to mind two bands - Pissed Jeans and Melvins.  If you have any interest in either of these guys, this will like manor from heaven.  From the bass driven opening of "Rockets", there is a feel of something different to the normal noise/sludge offerings.  It does not want to blow it all on the opening notes; it wants you to invest in it.  The music here is heavy and sludge-like, which always ticks the boxes here, stand out track "Sun Fangs And Wide Eyes" just nails what this band is all about; messed up sludge with a slab of noise to make the taste bud wetter than a rainy Monday in Yorkshire Dales.  The aggression of "Whoa Bessie" is palatable and extremely well performed, the sparse beginning of "Pyramid Shaped Hole" shows an understanding of when the power of quite can be just as effective as the loud noise that comes after its subtle beginnings.

Whilst the offering here is wonderful and an interesting beginning to the band's recorded output, I have a feeling that the best is yet to come.  The band has a lot of promise and hopefully their next release will just as good, if not better than this EP.  And for that reason the feeling of the best is yet to come, I cannot give this a perfect mark.  It is good and I hope it goes on to better things, I will be keeping an eye on this band and I recommend that you do the same, and I hope you find the EP to be an amazing release; it is certainly a very interest piece of art - I'm just picky and sometimes I am too critical.  Support this band; they could be the next Dillinger or Blacklister.

4 out of five - This is really good, just short of perfect

You can listen to the EP and download it from the band's Bandcamp page here

The band does not have a website, but here is a link to this Facebook page

Here is a link to their Soundcloud page

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