A lot of bands are guilty of just being watered down versions of their influences, reflecting all the expected tropes without trying to put their own stamp on things. Recently though, the UK has seen an influx of young bands making an attempt to do something that’s completely their own. The likes of Black Peaks, Press To Meco and Zoax, amongst others, have been extremely well received by an audience desperate to sample a bit of originality.
The latest name to add to that list of innovative youngsters is post-hardcore quartet, Making Monsters. Hailing from Derry, Northern Ireland, the band flit seamlessly between sassy pop(ish) hooks and pummelling riffs. Think Marmozets, but bang in the middle of the spazzy music they started off making and the more straight rock they make now. That might seem like a lazy comparison, but rest assured that Making Monsters are so much more than the cringeworthy “female fronted” tag.
Vocalist Emma Gallagher is unreal; her voice powerful but imperfect in all the right ways, and the musicianship and songwriting ability on show from her bandmates is just as impressive. Not mind-blowingly technical for the most part, but tight, interesting and obviously very considered.
Tracks like ‘Call Me Out’ and ‘We’re Not Living’ are instantly memorable, chock-full of hooks and melodies that you’ll find yourself singing hours after you stop listening. The former of those tracks has a fantastic chorus with a call-and-response gang vocal that is nothing short of anthemic, and the latter shows the full range of Gallagher‘s voice; restrained, wild, soaring, and everything inbetween.
The biggest surprise on the EP comes in the form of closer, ‘Noodle Sync’. Much heavier than any of the other tracks on offer here, it features some seriously aggressive vocals that you wouldn’t believe are coming from the same mouth as the glistening choruses from earlier, as well as some razor sharp guitar work and seriously fast double kick drumming. A little bit more of this style dotted throughout the EP wouldn’t have gone amiss, but having it all focused into one song at the end certainly makes it hard-hitting.
‘Bad Blood’ is an extremely impressive release, and fans of heavy music with pop sentiments should look no further as this will tick most or all of your boxes. Hopefully it won’t be long before we find out what kind of monsters they can make on a full-length release.
Written by Liam Knowles (@wearefixtures)
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