Hailing from Bristol, Phoxjaw have slowly crept into the forefront of the underground music scene. Rather than launching with a full album, they’ve set out their first stage of development in an EP to showcase their sound, entitled ‘Goodbye Dinosaur…’.
Verging the lines between noise rock, grunge, and hardcore, ‘Triceratops’ is a fantastic blend of them all relying more on a loose style of playing to create an enigmatic sound rather than concentrating on overly complex riffs.
Garnering a more straight up rock theme, ‘Lottery’ raises the ante up another level with a mixture of powerful chords and bouncing rhythms that, combined with the rebellious lyrics, could be likened to the earlier years of Buffalo kings Every Time I Die.
Introducing more hardcore stylings, ‘Weapons’ rolls in a roaring thunder of open guitars and riotous shouts to confront the listener head on before disjointing into an almost indie rock verse which creates a great paradigm within the track.
The EP is rounded out with a progressive culmination, where thrash and dissonance are turned up to the maximum, combining a fusion of dark open parts before launching into a thunder of guitars and wailing synthesis to add extra atmosphere.
‘Goodbye Dinosaur…’ is a great breath of fresh air where conventional song structure is thrown out of the window, instead concentrating on an overall sound where no singular instrument stands out against the others. An extremely entertaining listen that can only be expanded on further with a full-length album.