EP REVIEW: Prey Drive – Neon God

Release Date: May 28th 2021
Label: Lockjaw Records
Website: www.preydriveband.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/preydriveband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/preydriveband

Rating:

It seems like the events of the last year gave Norfolk four-piece Prey Drive a well-earned break. Since putting out their debut album ‘Once More With Feeling’ a few years ago, they’ve toured relentlessly for as long as they could to make a name for themselves. Fast forward to 2021, and the band have signed to Lockjaw Records and given us a new EP, ‘Neon God’.

A sustained guitar chord evolves into a heavy, yet groovy intro on opening track, ‘Socrates’, sounding like a cross between post-hardcore, djent, and arena rock. Lead single ‘O.M.G.’ delivers the same vibe, but arguably with a much more catchy intro, and possibly the catchiest chorus on the whole EP.

Unusually for a band of this chaotic distorted magnitude, the title-track takes both its title and its lyrical themes from 1960s folk, specifically the Simon And Garfunkel classic, ‘The Sound Of Silence’. The reference to a ‘Neon God’ in the original song took aim at TV advertising, which exploded in popularity during the 1960s, and the band clearly feel that the message is still hugely relevant nearly sixty years on. However, the tranquil and lullaby-esque delivery of the original song is replaced here by heavy vocals that ooze conviction, pounding drums, and inescapable guitar melodies.

There’s probably no such thing as a perfect closing track, but ‘Glitch’ may well be pretty bloody close. The gentle intro eventually cascades into an epic chorus, washed out with emotion, and the whole package closes with the same style of groovy guitar riff that we’ve heard throughout the EP.

To improve upon ‘Once More With Feeling’ would have been an incredible challenge. Yet, with ‘Neon God’, Prey Drive have absolutely done it, and then some. If they can keep this trajectory, then the only way for them is up.