Two singles last year alerted ears to the creative prowess and imagination feeding adventure of UK alternative rockers Eujenics, songs which laid the seeds to eager attention upon the newly formed Sunderland band. Now together with a pair of new offerings they form debut EP Humanism, a powerful confirmation of the potential in those early tracks further charged with a greater fire of sound and impassioned intensity.
Formed in 2015, Eujenics quickly made an impact last September with debut single Meniscus, a mark quickly reinforced by its successor Kalashnikov two months later and a potent live presence which has seen them already share stages with the likes of Dead!, Despite My Deepest Fear, Edenthorn, Massa Confusa, and Deadfire. From Humanism alone it is easy to sense and suspect that 2016 is going to be a big year for the striking band, a time of big steps and rewards and an increase in expectations upon them such the impressive broad introduction to the band for a great many more by their EP.
Looking at those two aforementioned singles alone within Humanism, it provides a powerful and rousing proposal to get the teeth into. Meniscus immediately entwines ears in a strand of sonic temptation with guitarist Chris Hanna’s bait a spicy coaxing on its own but becoming even more powerful once aligned to the gnarly tone of David Scott’s bass and the rapier like swipes of drummer Adam Hay. The early grooves only seem to escalate in enticement and alluring drama as the climate of the song becomes sonically muggier, vocalist Nic Wood lighting it with his angst soaked tones and expression. There is an air of bands like Manic Street Preachers and Mind Museum to the increasingly eventful and dynamic roar of the song and release, and a contagion to its heart and character which is inescapable. The track is superb and very easy to see why it made such a potent impact last year.
Kalashnikov is an even darker and more rapaciously intensive offering which starts with the predacious growl of the bass as it steps into view. Beats soon begin to stalk the senses too as a sonic mist brews and subsequently erupts in a blaze of acidic tendrils and melodic magnetism. As emotion oozes from the delivery of Woods, things relax a touch but boil again as a tempestuous climate and presence emerges. For all its volatile nature though, catchiness flirts from its gait and the grouchy but inviting hooks which line the outstanding explosive roar of sound and emotion.
Both tracks hint at stoner-esque hues which certainly come to the surface of Culled. It is a fiery canter revelling in a heavy rock ‘n’ roll breeding though in no time it provides its own individual emotion drenched drama through masterfully blending evocative melodies and aggressive angst into its striking sound and body. The further into its creative bellow the more virulently infectious and resourcefully unpredictable it becomes, ending on a finale which leaps at the listener to get the body physically involved.
The last song to explore on the EP is Eviscerate, a track seemingly nurtured from the same seeds as Kalashnikov such its dark intensive bass led start but quickly revealing its own swampy smog of sonic enticement with a touch of fellow Brits, Morass Of Molasses to it. As compelling as anything upon Humanism, it is also the most intimidating in weight and intensity without defusing the strength of the sonic tempting and melodic tenacity which as much as anything sears songs in to the psyche.
If you have already been greedy with Eujenic’s first pair of songs then the EP will only elevate the excitement and enjoyment so far felt whilst for newcomers, Humanism is a major alert to one of the most exciting bands to emerge in British rock ‘n’ roll this past year or so.
The Humanism EP is released February 13th at a launch show at the Independent in Sunderland. Also playing will be Waste Of Space, Grayce., and PussyWillowFurryVenus. Tickets are £4 and available from the bands or at http://eujenics.bigcartel.com/
Pete RingMaster 03/02/2016
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