Liverpudlian three-piece SPQR showcase their ambitious art-rock on their EP, ‘No Brain, No Pain’. Standing at just four tracks, the offering might seem a little meagre from the outset, but the band utilises every last second of the entire seventeen-minute run time.
Each track offers something completely fresh while still tying into the overall tone of the EP. Kicking off with the ethereal opener ‘Nuthin Gud’, they waste no time in establishing the intensity that encompasses the tracks. We’re given little time to get too used to the musical atmosphere before the following transports you to a whole new realm.
‘Just Sumfin’ maintains the vigour of its predecessor while verging on a musical style that’s more reminiscent of indie rock. It homes the EP’s highlight in the form of a climatic outro that bursts to release a feeling of euphoric catharsis. Things get increasingly more obscure with the bass lead title-track, which oozes nostalgia yet simultaneously sounds unlike anything else, before signing off with the trippy number ‘Loves Summer’.
Lyrically, the band’s words help to strengthen the EP, rather than simply fill the void. Absurdist lyrics reflect the uncanny tone laid down by the instrumentation, creating a sense of anxiety that’s strangely cathartic.
‘No Brain, No Pain’ is a patchwork of genres woven together to create a sound that’s distinctly SPQR. In an environment where it’s increasingly hard to find new music that’s truly different, the band has managed to defy convention in creating a piece of art that speaks entirely for itself.
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