The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter take a deliciously punky approach to their debut. Hailing from Kansas, this three piece are apparently recommended listening for those who appreciate the likes of Cloud Nothings, Wavves and Parquet Courts but there are a couple of British bands who come to my mind for this reviewer.
Blasts of fuzzed-up guitar and rumbling bass usher in the first contribution ‘Lend A Hand’, then in come the boisterous vocals from frontman Ryan Leip. The track is imbued with a punky, almost laddish spirit, conjuring up images of an American Earl Brutus. ‘Smile’ is next, where the guitars possess a glistening aura; the cleaner, more sophisticated arrangement presenting a contrast to the band’s other material.
‘Chato’ blasts out the melodic noise on a three minute instrumental nugget but best of all is ‘Mind The Monsters’, the trio grinding and clanging away on their instruments to create a grungy, slow burning anthem, which wastes not a moment of its near six-minute length. Almost as good is the lively and equally intense ‘So Far No Good’, bolstered by Freddy Aguirre’s wonderfully crisp percussion. For these two tracks, especially, the band resemble the bruising power of Six.By Seven.
This is a cracking start from this new band whose relentless and aggressive approach to tune-making should serve them well on future releases. Surprisingly, in opposition to the band’s name and the downtempo lyrics, there is actually a welcome positivity and defiance to this music which makes one feel optimistic.
The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter EP Cover
Earl Brutus, Six.By Seven