Grief Society - Time Travel EP

Grief Society
Time Travel EP

Wah wah wahing into pop-rock-funk life, and with serious intent to update your neurons, ‘Time Travel’ gives the vocal several different treatments throughout; from clean and crisp to through-the-radio. The guitars capture some good old rock sounds with big riffs and a punishing solo, but they don’t steal the show or overdo things.

Compliments could well continue with the drums getting a fair bit of notice with some snappy fills and solid rhythm, but ‘Flowers’ has already kicked in with an up-tempo rock and roll verse and rocking bridge and chorus. The guitars allow the track a bit of space, leaving out the blistering solo’s in favour for more vocal substance.

‘Pin Cushion’ is not unsubstantial itself with a heady verse that suddenly breaks into the huge chorus line of ‘All she wants is her innocence…’. A sweet breakdown and harmonised vocal line shifts into a verse rather than heading straight for the chorus, which doesn’t disappoint on it’s final appearance.

Charting a ‘My Best Friends Wedding’ style story, the acoustic version of ‘That Girl’ may see a more subdued guitar, but the vocals are still at full pelt. Plenty of backing vocals also serve to add depth to the track.

A radio edit of ‘Time Travel’ sits on the end of the EP and neatly fulfils its role of being shorter than the original while retaining all the hooks.

The vocals of Don Stick and Angst Nurse combine well throughout the record and the music is all there to back things up. With most of the songs taking care of the ‘getting dumped’ side of love, these chaps have clearly been through it in the most painful ways. However, there may be a silver lining as I personally feel that this record is well worth all their suffering!

Confident, content-heavy, and downright impressive, Grief Society capture the rock anthem style of The Wildhearts, the stadium rock of AC/DC, and add a huge chunk of pumping pop.

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Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.
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