Written by Fense
Woah. Where the hell did Sarathan Records come from!? One moment Iâ€™m hanging out, minding my own damn business and dreaming of great rock bands and the next moment theyâ€™re signing them! First to catch my attention was Seattleâ€™s very own Feral Children, giving SXSeattle one hell of a great performance at SXSW this year. Now thereâ€™s War Tapes.
War Tapes is a bit heavier than my usual rock taste (theyâ€™re very much on par with local favorites Feral Children and The Pharmacy, so Iâ€™m coming around to some of the louder stuff), but boy is it catchy! Take note of â€œStart Againâ€ and â€œDreaming Of Youâ€; these tunes could easily find their way onto mix tapes with The Shackeltons, The Mae Shi, and even some No Age or Oxford Collapse.
God! And check out â€œMutinyâ€, where Neilâ€™s deep and darkly sensual vocals are occasionally backed by Beccaâ€™s shouts in the repeated I donâ€™t know / I donâ€™t know / I donâ€™t knowâ€¦ Superb!
Dubbed as referencing subgenres like 80s new wave, post-punk and a more recent post-hardcore, the vocalist certainly has a voice that conjures Interpol and The Cure and the instrumentation follows suit with hefty, distortion-infused guitar riffs. Their self-titled EP (also dubbed Tour EP drops via Sarathan Records on tomorrow.
War Tapes: Dreaming Of You [mp3]
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