Chester newcomers Bridge Port certainly know how to make a first impression. The alt rock trio broke out with their debut single ‘Deluge’ earlier in 2019, and have now capped off the year with their debut EP, ‘Keep It To Ourselves’.
‘Fission’ opens the EP with the classic cliché of four drum-stick clicks, counting down to the chaos – in this case, some early Weezer infused chaos. All in all, with the driving drums, upbeat guitars, and repeatable lyrics, this song is yet another post-millennium feel-good summer rock song.
‘Look Left’ opens with an interesting guitar groove that will make you attempt to move to it but get confused, on first listen at least. Once the drums kick in, you’ll know exactly how to move to this song. The chorus is another sing-along that will feel right at home in any venue, from a pub to a stadium.
Closing track, ‘Bite Your Tongue’ instantly contradicts itself, starting with a forceful drum beat that immediately tattoos itself into your brain with a hammer and chisel, but then enters an enticing guitar riff which adds an element of mystery to the experience. The vocals amplify the mystery element during the verses, giving the track a Foo Fighters-cum-Led Zeppelin feel. By the chorus, though, the mystery completely drains and we’re left with an assault of unapologetic alt rock energy. It comes to what seems like an abrupt stop with about a minute left to go, but then the chorus comes back in to give one final attack to the eardrums.
If you like pure, unapologetic, unadulterated alt rock, Bridge Port are right up your street. For their debut EP, it’s clear that the band have put their all into it, and it sounds like they still have more to put into its follow-up.
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