Since the release of their debut full-length ‘A Pathetic Youth’ last year, Sussex based rock trio Gloo got stuck straight back into writing with their latest EP, ‘Stop And Stare’. The 7-track offering combines lashings of old school punk mixed with a new-age indie vibe, producing a sound that is refreshingly new.
Frontman Tom Harfield presents himself with an Iggy Pop-esque persona. It’s loud, flamboyant, and it’s clear that this band are all about a catchy chorus as heard in ‘Bad Sign’, where you’ll soon find yourself murmuring along to the song without even realising it.
One of the highlights on offer here is definitely ‘Drama Queen’. The trach has crowd pleaser written all over it, with repetitive chants of “She’s a- she’s a Drama Queen” that could easily take any crowd from 0 to 10 within just a few short moments.
This short offering has a lot to show for Gloo‘s progression in such a short space of time, however, each song has a very similar style and, although they do roll into one another nicely, it’s often unclear when one song ends and another starts. As a punk-influenced album goes though, it’s infectiously catchy, and tracks such as ‘I’m A Mess’ are full of all the edgy guitar riffs and punchy drums that you’d expect.
It’s obvious that Gloo have found the sound that works for them; it’s unique and an impressive mix of both old and contemporary punk eras. They’re an exciting musical outlet who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries on what may or may not work, and it’ll be very intriguing to see what they come up with next.