Keen anticipation raised for a new Scout Killers offering has always been met with something bigger and bolder than the last rewarding adventure, and so it continues with new single Rip Me Apart. The track is a blaze of festering emotion and sonic intrigue, an impassioned alternative rock bred roar woven into a sound becoming decidedly unique to the UK band with every release. Ahead of a UK tour this April, the single is also a hint that 2016 is going to be a potent year for the Bath based quintet.
Formed in 2009, Scout Killers drew on the inspirations of bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers as they honed their sound. Fair to say, those spices have been a diminishing flavour to the band’s music and within Rip Me Apart non-existent. From a successful self-titled EP in 2013, Scout Killers has only impressed and drawn greater acclaim as their sound has grown across subsequent singles and the impressive We Cage the Storm EP released late 2014. It has now found a new maturity within the band’s new single; found a depth and power which refuses to be ignored.
The song opens on an electronic shimmer, a low key but potent coaxing which brightens and thickens as the ever impressing voice of Scott Cox moves in on ears. The beats of Chris Phillips present a sturdier enticement whilst guitarists Julien Morrez and Beau Stevens weave a web of reserved but evocative melodies to link it all. In a little stretch of time, a crescendo of energy and emotion builds and erupts, catching passionately alight as Cox roars in kind before settling down again to breed a similar cycle. With the bass of Josh Ellis a roaming shadow in the tapestry adding more provocative texture, ears and imagination find themselves inescapably gripped by the song’s disturbed melancholic soul.
Even as the beguiling lure of vocals steer the bare emotion of the song, it becomes more volatile in sound and heart but still continues to ebb and flow with emotional waves aligned to varying bursts of intensity. The track is as fascinating as it is thickly pleasing, and though we would like to say the Scout Killer sound has come of age, it is easy to feel that there are still more exciting things and avenues to be explored by the band in their music and imagination.
Rip Me Apart will be released on March 28th to be followed by a UK Tour starting April 3rd.
Pete RingMaster 09/03/2016
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