Steeped in and seeded from the early minimalistic days of post punk and new wave adventure, Anamala the debut EP from US band TeribalAnamal, is a rather tasty introduction to a band well worth keeping a close eye upon. Containing six uncluttered but resourcefully sculpted songs, the release is a tantalising provocateur which is simultaneously nostalgic and fresh to the ear, and one you find yourself drawn back to time and time again.
Formed around a year ago from the meeting of Stephanie ( guitar/vocals), Chalky (drums), and Ryan (bass/vocals), the Brooklyn band has swiftly built a fine reputation around NYC finding potent success and responses across the likes of the Trash Bar, Delancey, and Fontana’s Bar with their intensive gigging regime. Their sound is influenced by bands such as Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Cure, The Pixies, Joy Division, New Order, Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, The Cramps and more, which gives you a good hint of what to expect with Anamala, though it does not reveal all of its potency.
The deliciously throaty sound of the bass welcomes the ear first as Ice starts things off to soon be pierced by the howling vocal call of Stephanie. With the bass continuing to seduce the senses and thoughts whilst the guitar lays down a slightly caustic web, a Joy Division like haze invitingly wraps the ear whilst the vocals of Ryan add to the sinister embrace with his reservedly expressive tones. Not for what will be not the first time on the EP, the bass suggests Gang Of Four inspirations whilst the melodically hinting guitar makes loud suggestions of The Pixies. It is a richly persuasive opener sparking real appetite for what is to follow.
Mourning Dove also makes an irresistible entrance, a Bauhaus suggestiveness inciting the air before a rhythmic prowl which incessantly probes the senses seizes control of song and thoughts. Rhythmically and sonically the track reminds of Alien Sex Fiend also, though the vocals and guitar enterprise takes it to another unique persuasion. Though the guitar ‘solo’ is too sparse to flow fluidly it still adds extra incitement and pleasure to what is already an easy to devour slice of punk infested magnetism.
The next up Turkey is a fuller song with arguably more colours within its walls compared to its predecessors. It is an indie fuelled piece of songwriting and sound which shows the band can stretch their post punk into stronger diversity whilst still permeating it with hypnotic beats and virulent hooks, though it does seem a little pale in comparison to the previous track and its successor Garuda. The EP is one of those releases which could turn you into a rhythms whore, this track returning the release to another engagement rife with epidemically addictive drum bait and solicitously persistent bass bewitchment, though the two here are split by a wonderful almost elegant kiss of guitar. The Cure come to mind as the song settles into stride though again TeribalAnamal create something distinctive to their invigorating imagination. The song as much as it reminds of the band mentioned and whispers at others also has a sound bred of today; though as post punk seems to be a rich enticement to numerous emerging bands the whole release to be fair finds a current flavour. The only niggle with the track is that it seems to finish before being ready, not a sudden stop but feeling like it has had enough and wants to move on to its next invention.
That also applies with Ravenous though neither song suffers in the slightest. The track is a more concentrated almost predatory prowl of the ear, drums more restrained in its allurement but bass bringing a closet predation to its stalk. The dual vocals is beguiling in their still drone seeded delivery whilst the guitar skirts their call with exciting sonic flames, again with a rein on their full heat. It is another high even if it decides to go before we are ready to let it.
Flamingos closes off Anamala in fine style, a garage punk intensity and intent scrubbing across the ear as the song builds an anthemic lure which is impossible to refuse. It concludes an impressive introduction to a band with a wealth of promise which makes it hard to see them not forging a noticeable mark in sound and presence ahead. Already suggesting they alone have their creative sights on grander things post punk just might be making an even more dramatic comeback, fingers crossed.
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