Netherlands’ finest noisemakers John Coffey have been a serious force on the European scene over the last few years but have somehow struggled to breakthrough into the UK market, despite ‘The Good News’ being one of the more outstanding records of 2015. Thankfully, the punk rockers are back just over a year later with their own appeal for humanity towards refugees through their EP, ‘A House For Thee’, where they address the need to prevent the suffering of human lives.
A band on top form with a passionate message they care deeply about, and all produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge guitarist), John Coffey can hardly do any wrong at the moment, and these 4 new tracks are solid proof of this.
There’s no time for introductions on ‘No House For Thee’, as it throws us into the pit of destruction with a groove punk riff and furious vocals from David Achter de Molen. We’re even treated to a guitar change after just 12 seconds to ensure that there’s no predictably or comfort throughout the track.
We’ve come to expect the harmonised melodies on John Coffey‘s choruses by now, but the way in which they interact with the music is incredible, and enough to make even Every Time I Die sweat. Just in case there was any doubt over the creative ability of the band, ‘Needles’ has an almost doom metal undertone for a slower and rougher song.
‘A House For Thee’ is certainly a harsher and stronger approach from John Coffey that has seen them add a more serious edge to their music, as seen by an acoustic version of last record’s ‘Relief’ on the EP which slots in with ease, but they’re still as exciting as ever. Whether the faster ‘Nails On The Blackboard’ and ‘No House For Thee’ will be enough to sway the British punk rock and hardcore scene over to the Utrecht band is to be seen when they return in the summer, but after a sold out 2000 capacity release show in their hometown, it’s only going to be a matter of time before we wake up and smell the Coffey.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)