Only last September Fizzy Blood were one of the hottest bands to be hitting a dingy basement venue near you. To date, the five piece have released a widely acclaimed (and rightly so) debut EP, toured with the Dead Kennedys, sold out their own headline tour, and have secured a slot at this year’s SXSW festival. Not bad for a bunch of lads from Leeds, ey?
So, the music: The debut EP, ‘Feast’, led to comparisons with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and Pulled Apart by Horses. It’s easy to see why. The riffs are made of the strung out blues feel of Jack White on a three week blue meth binge, and frontman Benji Inkley’s voice holds moments where it crosses into pure punk energy.
The new single takes this and runs some distance from tracks like ‘January Sun’. Gone is the minimal riff, vocal, drums combination, with the same sharp riffs instead layered over a wall of guitar distortion. The vocals have had a studio tweaking too, to the effect of the harmonies we heard sporadically on ‘Feast’.
All in all, this is a solid offering from a band I don’t doubt are going to make the next two years their own; the outfit is tight, the riffs killer and words catching.
If there’s one small problem with this single (and it is a small one) it’s that the high production value robs this band of something, some little energetic part of the explosion that makes ‘Feast’ such an incredible EP.
Released 19th February 2016.