The music world is an ever evolving/expanding community, with seemingly new genres and sub-genres being created by the week. It’s great and I love exploring as much as I possibly can in the time I have available to indulge, but bloody hell it can be hard to keep up with. Particularly when I’ve landed in a bit of a reviewing rut, something which I’ve been reassuringly informed happens to all reviewers from time to time!
So when I received a message from a band asking me if I would like to review their new EP, which they have self-described as “garage rock/grunge” with “huge fuzzy riffs” I’ll admit my eyes lit up! When it comes down to it, for me, it’s hard to beat back to basics, no frills garage rock. There will ALWAYS be a place for it. It feels like coming home from a long, gruelling stag weekend, chomping down a massive pizza and going to bed with your favourite sitcom on in the background whilst you slip in and out of consciousness, knowing you are safe from harm. NO MORE SHOTS! It’s essentially comfort food in the guise of 3 minutes of noisy, fun, rock music.
First track “My Design” doesn’t disappoint, the promised huge fuzzy riffs are present in the opening bars, nicely setting the tone for both the song and EP. “Ramshackle” follows and it’s more of the same (and I mean this in a good way); riffs, loud drums (loudest drummer in Wales I’m reliably informed by my About Sound colleague Mitch) and ear friendly melodies sang with plenty of gusto and style.
The theme is continued throughout the following four tracks and although it doesn’t take too long to know what you’re getting with Zed Motel, for fans of garage rock it really is perfectly created and a thrill throughout. I’m not going to spoon feed you the results of each individual track, but I promise you six tunes packed with hooks and riffs, much in the vain of Alison Mosshart’s The Kills and supergroup side project The Dead Weather. You also get the impression that the band had a load of fun making it.
I’ve really loved listening to this EP and it has come to me at a time when I really needed it from both the perspective of a reviewer and listener. For all the incredible and varied sounds available out there, when the mood is right, you just can’t beat the inhibition free sound of three people playing their instruments/singing hard and loud. Long live garage rock!
“Leave With Nothing” is out now and available to stream on Spotify HERE. I imagine it is on all of the other streaming platforms, but if you’re struggling, why not check out the band’s Facebook and Instagram pages and give them a follow in the process!
Gavin Facey – 14/04/2021