Oliver Cobbin reviews the latest singles in ‘New Releases Round-Up’, featuring ‘Babe Punch’, ‘Louis Antoniou’ and ‘Foule’.
Babe Punch – Control:
First to be critiqued on ‘New Releases Round-Up’ is ‘Control’, the upcoming single by local 5-piece, ‘Babe Punch’. The song starts in true punk fashion, with a driving beat from drummer Adam Fletcher and some noisy guitar parts from Miles Cooke and Carys Jones. Abbie Roberts’ bassline is dirty and locks in well with the drums, whilst Molly’s Godber’s vocal have that whining sneer that suits the punk stylings very well. Her voice carries a lot of attitude and Godber’s guttural tone smells like teen spirit apathy. The distortion on the guitars must be cranked up to such a high gain, as they sound like little bursts of white noise in both ears, which is no bad thing and certainly gives them a distinctive tone. A brief and unpretentious solo appears, cutting through the noise and being more ‘burn’ than Slash.
I can imagine ‘Control’ appearing on a Tony Hawk’s game, being one of the more hardcore songs on the soundtrack, as opposed to the usual pop-punk cuts heard whilst performing kick-flips. ‘Babe Punch’ seem like the genuine article and I imagine their fans feel the same. ‘Control’ will be officially released 7th July at a special launch party, which will also feature ‘The Varletts’ and ‘Cameron Sinclair Harris’.
Louis Antoniou – I Don’t Want No More Woes:
Second on ‘New Releases Round-Up’ is Louis Antoniou’s latest offering, ‘I Don’t Want No More Woes’. I really enjoyed his last single, ‘Bad Apples’, which was also featured in a previous review, and Louis seems to be continuing that style of traditional blues-rock on this latest cut. The rhythm guitar squalls like a bird of prey and the riff is dirtier than a ‘wet day in a Louisiana swamp’ – it seems the blues phrases he employs are rubbing off on me! ‘I Don’t Want No More Woes’ is a slice of slow-stomping blues rock, with Antoniou’s voice sounding smooth and passionate. He has his blues vocabulary down too; double negative? Tick! Sun coming up and going down? Tick! Being kicked when you’re down? Tick! Louis may be a British lad at heart, but his style is firmly rooted in American traditions, and it sounds great! The slow swing of the first 2 minutes is thrown out of that-there window for the outro, which deploys a rolling double-time signature. Antoniou’s voice howls like a wolf, which is accompanied by a stinging guitar riff, right out of 1965, seeing the song home.
For those who like their visual accompaniment, an official music video has been provided. Directed by bandmate, Will Finnerty, the piece shows us everything from ‘Betty Boop’ to ‘Snoop Dogg’ to the burning of American flags. There’s a slight political overtone too, with clips of Theresa May and David Cameron looking flustered, followed by a carefully chosen shot of Peppa Pig – satire indeed!
Foule – Finger Trap:
‘Foule’ are the third feature on today’s ‘New Releases Round-Up’ article, with their brand new single; ‘Finger Trap’. It’s the trio’s first release since last year’s ‘Large EP’ and picks up where that left off. ‘Finger Trap’ starts with some light bass, courtesy of Ross Burns, before being joined by some watery guitar notes from frontman Gilad Grant. His chorus-laden guitar part is sparse and adds to the trippy feel that his vocals have already established. A healthy dash of reverb is added to his soulful voice and the chilled nature of the song is underway. Michael Kang provides a light backbeat, showing restraint rather than becoming obtrusive. The vocal melody is simple and understated, becoming another instrument in the mix rather than being a focal point, which works to Foule’s favour and as the song progresses, extra layers are added, resulting in one-big hazy production. Kang’s cymbals are breezy in the outro to ‘Finger Trap’ and complements the light flourishes on guitar/synth very well. A lot of bands choose to showcase their biggest/loudest song when releasing new material, but these three are no ‘foules’– sorry, couldn’t resist. They’ve chosen the song that best represents their chilled, dreamy, psyche-infused style and ‘Finger Trap’ ticks all of those boxes. The artwork takes the literal route and displays said finger trap over a pink background. It’s a striking image and looks even funnier when super-imposed onto a photo of Jeremy Corbyn’s phone & boom box. They’re performing at this week’s ‘Nightfish!‘, so if you like what you’ve heard here, check out their live show.
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