There are three initial steps to be observed when listening to the Blood In Fury EP from London’s distinctive The Waves Of Fury.
Step 1: Play and stand open mouthed.
Step 2: (Very important part) listen again with full attention.
Step 3: Keep listening and fall in love with music that is real rock ‘n’ roll.
There is nothing straight forward about the Blood In Fury EP, there is no instant gratification with easy hooks and clean A-Z sounds, but what it gives is real and dirty scuzzed up rock music, a glorious blend of psychotic rock ‘n’ roll and 70’s Motown sounds caked in punk filth bliss. Like a Tarantino creation from the musical parts of the Stones, Marvin Gaye, The Birthday Party, Reverend Horton Heat, and Rocket From The Crypt, The Waves Of Fury is a multi-faceted and layered groove machine.
The bands bio states that “Lead singer Carter Sharp began his musical journey in South London trotting along the generic path that most young musicians do. Far from generic, and tormented by creative complexity (and pharmaceuticals), he went on sabbatical in the American South to get back to writing songs and his roots as a musician. The history, folklore, superstition, blues, and brass of America bled into his writing….” and also “…Carter’s lyrics paint a dark and ironic caricature of American novelist William S Burroughs’ big issues: obsession, sex, love, vampires, murderous children and being buried alive by spurned valentines – getting the picture? The subject matter is twisted on surface but presented in a catchy tune in the spirit of Pulp Fiction. Their tales are told from a third person perspective of almost cartoonish scenes and characters to present familiar themes of love and loss, with a deranged gothic spin.” Facts that listening to Blood In Fury readily proves as the release wraps the listener in a seedy underground imagery that takes one deep into the heartland of the songs.
The quartet of Sharp, guitarist Hove, Jamie Bird bass and piano, and drummer Adam Smith have created a sound that will satisfy and inspire as the EP from the opening throaty bass throbs of ‘The Killer Inside Me’ right though to the crazed end of ‘I Don’t Know What To Make Of Your Friends’ is a unique musical lesson as much as a pure listening pleasure.
Each of the five tracks on the EP are infectious though some take a little more to reach the pinnacle than others. Whereas ‘The Killer Inside Me’ has a chorus and that bass riff to lure the listener readily in the ballad ‘Pretender Soul’ asks for a little more endeavour and patience. Give it that and the result is immense. Once it connects images such as of a forlorn figure on a bridge at midnight with a backdrop of sound as discordant and desperate as his love lost soul are potent.
The best track on Blood In Fury is ‘Death Of A Vampire’. With flowing melodies recalling bands like the Monkees delivered with the dark shadows of the Cramps whilst Edwin Starr looks on the track as is the whole EP to be honest, is inspired and glorious. The brass compliments the guitars jut as their striking and at times frantic play rides hand in hand with Carter’s distinct effect coated vocals. He will not be to everyone’s taste as a vocalist but that is their loss and the band’s sound would be truly lacking without his unique style.
The Waves Of Fury definitely will not be an easy ride for many but for people who really listen to music and flourish on unique ideas and sounds that transport one directly into the song and its premise the Blood In Fury EP released 26th September, is an essential step in their musical appreciation journey.