It is fair to say that the first Bite The Shark release, the three track First Blood, suggested that British rock ‘n’ roll had a new protagonist to breed some real excitement over. Now the Manchester trio return with the explosive Tantrum EP, a roaring, stomping encounter not only making that previous loud hint a reality but thrusting the band to the forefront of incendiary revelry. Consisting of five ferocious and mischievous punk ‘n’ roll anthems, Tantrum simply leaves bodies breathless and emotions blazing. Every exploit within its raucous walls is the host of volatile sounds, feisty imagination, and adrenaline soaked devilment; all providing a virulent contagion conducive to naughty habits and unbridled enjoyment.
Formed a couple of months past a year ago, Bite The Shark swiftly lit an eager and vocal local following which spread as potently and easily with the release of First Blood last year. Luring in acclaim and keen online radio attention with the Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Twin Atlantic) recorded release, the threesome of brothers Adam and Edd Langmead alongside Rory O’Grady have been kicking up a storm on the live scene too, the weeks leading up to the release of Tantrum alone finding the band rampaging round the UK on tour with Drop Down Smiling and Fake The Attack. Again recorded with Dodangoda, Tantrum is the band’s next mighty temptation on the nation, one with the qualities and tunes to ignite the UK rock scene.
Rock & Roll in the Soul hits ears first and lives up to its title instantly. An opening guitar hook makes the first rich connection, matched within seconds by an equally tempting heavy bassline. The song soon hits its stride with raw riffs and punchy rhythms led by similarly feisty vocals, a mix alone enough to have feet and emotions bounding along with its persuasion. Add a ridiculously compelling chorus and the first anthem of the EP is stirring up imagination and thrills. Imagination and diversity are never far from the forefront of Bite The Shark songs, as well as lyrical provocation, and both are as rampant as the thick sounds within the tremendous opener.
Good rowdy times continue with Little Fishy which follows, guitars brewing up a voracious and abrasing blaze within which vocals romp and mischievous ideation plays. With its mid-point merely a glimpse in its future, the song suddenly twists around from its initial stampede and begins prowling, indeed stalking the senses with predatory invention before returning to a frantic onslaught which in turn slips into a catchy TV show theme tune finale. The track is just irresistible just like Shiny Shoes straight after. Soon showing a heavier ferocious nature of its own to its riffs and rhythms, the song reveals an essence of classic rock entwined with power pop in its punk romp. Once more grooves and hooks breed addictiveness whilst vocals and fierce melodies offer searing magnetic hues.
There is no chance of a breather at any point within Tantrum either, each song a full on tempest of infection fuelled incitement as evidenced again by the outstanding Killzone. From the opening twang of riffs, ears and body are ready to accept the suggestive rampage in waiting The track’s entrance is almost a limbering up before chest beating rhythms and fury lined riffs explode in a steamy onrush. It is not a hell for leather charge though, hooks and band harmonies a tasty tempering to the aggressive foot to the floor energy offered, but it is certainly a seriously rousing slab of rock ‘n’ roll.
The release closes with Sleep when You’re Dead, though the CD also includes Burn em to the ground and Burn and Gas & Air which made up the bulk of the previous release. Drawing on blues rock spicing for its melodic essences, the track as its predecessor, is a balls to the wall rocker leaving no room for abstinence from joining in with body, voice, and energies. It is a glorious end to a spectacular riot of punk ‘n’ roll tenacity, a song unafraid to explore new depths and areas of songwriting and sound whilst the release simply bellows that Bite The Shark is one of the bands with the potential to take British rock ‘n’ roll into a new heyday.
The Tantrum EP is available now digitally @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tantrum-ep/id962681213 and on CD via http://bitethesharkmerch.bigcartel.com
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