What to do if you have some spare time from your day job. Well if you are guitarist/vocalist Hywel Griff (Howl Griff), guitarist/vocalist Dan Edwards (Sons of Merrick/ Pig Irön), bassist Rob Taylor (Profane and the Sacred), and drummer Mark Sharpless (Sons of Merrick), you get a band together called Perfect Fault, descend on a studio, and create some tenaciously rousing rock ‘n’ roll. The result of their exploits is the thoroughly enjoyable Electric Mountain EP, a release unafraid to weave a tapestry of recognisable flavours into songs which what they lack in originality they compensate with hook laden virulence.
Recorded at the Cariad Studios in South London as mentioned on a downtime from its creator’s main projects, Electric Mountain is a richly pleasing stomp and a four track appetiser for a proposed album later in the year. It is fair to say that the release stokes the fires of anticipation for that prospect as easily as it leaves ears wanting more. Sometimes you only want sounds to rock out with, something adventurous within its own confines that fills the gap like a favourite meal, and Electric Mountain fits the bill from start to finish.
The encounter opens with its lead single Headstrong and immediately takes ears in a hug of crisp beats, bruising riffs, and a lure of spicy grooving. Vocals are a quick protagonist too, bounding across the increasingly eventful landscape of the song with relish and an anthemic presence to match the sounds around them. There is an old school feel to the song, its punkish tempting having a ring of rockers like Eddie and the Hot Rods and Dr. Feelgood whilst equally there is a grungier essence reminiscent of nineties band Skyscraper to the roar of the terrific opener. The song maybe a little low on surprises but in offering rich enjoyment it is full to bursting, just as its successor.
The following Cup Runneth Over strolls in on a seventies rock like toning around inviting beats but is soon embracing a great agitated vocal presence which in turn stirs up the fluidity of the music, jerky beats and riffs colluding with jagged hooks before slipping into a Cheap trick like melodic crooning. The invention continues to catch expectations by surprise, and though we have suggested originality is the rarest commodity on the EP there is no doubting the band turns established textures and flavours into something fresh and spicy.
As fun and satisfying as the first two tracks are, the greater triumphs come in its second half starting with Flowers On The Lamppost. Prowling, almost predatory riffs and rhythms court ears first before vocals add their dark intent to the enticing mix. Once more a punk edge and attitude fuels the proposal whilst its chorus has a seventies glam rock vitality reminding of bands like The Tubes, though without going anywhere near the theatrical excesses of the Americans. Thumping rhythms steer the track with varying intimidation straight into the core of appetite and passions whilst the post punk like enterprise of the guitars works impressively on the imagination. The song is a mini kaleidoscope of flavours within a menacing stalking and easily the best thing on the release.
The closing Dodo is like a mix of its two predecessors, once more punk and melodic rock uniting in a tantalising concoction of mischievous sound and ideation. Into its gripping stride the track swaggers like a blend of Top Buzzer and Terrorvision, a creative treaty bound in a sonic lure of psyche and groove rock making a compelling end to an increasingly intoxicating release.
Electric Mountain definitely needs numerous plays to really appreciate what is going on as plenty of its unique endeavours are understated within the anthemic surface of familiarity, but from its first touch the EP is a highly satisfying escapade to get hungry over. Roll on an album we say.
The Electric Mountain EP is available now via Cariad Records @ https://cariadrecords.bandcamp.com/album/perfect-fault-electric-mountain-ep
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