Blue and green record exploding into shards

Brenda EP

Don’t be mistaken by the name – this isn’t some cover of ‘It’s Raining Men’ by a 40-something housewife (though that would be pretty funny). No, Brenda is a them, and quite a dark and brooding them as it turns out.

First impressions of this CD make me think that Brenda need a bit more sunshine in their lives, as there is a distinct lack of melody in the first song ‘Last Tape’, but as the song develops, its apparent tuneful deficiency turns into a fully formed mournfulness that pleases the ear. This is a theme that is carried throughout the EP, although it sometimes lapses into what can only be described as a mess of noise. An attempt to avoid conventional structure works most of the time, but possibly needs to be more wholly developed. Each song improves towards the end, but as all bands should know, a bad intro loses your audience straight away, and they’ll never hear the end of the song, no matter how good it is.

I don’t quite know what to make of this EP as a whole. There’s talent there, but there seems to be a lack of band identity – and by this, I mean that it’s too scatty to know what it’s really trying to be. Perhaps if they open themselves up to a natural progression instead of fighting to be so many things at once, the next EP will be a must-hear.

Guest article from Heather P.

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