As great as it is receiving potential releases to write and shout about via labels and PR companies there is something extra alluring when it is the artist themselves who get in touch whether by choice or necessity. Such it is with UK outfit Innadaze who recently requested a little attention for their new self-titled EP. Offering four tracks of the band’s quickly revealing individual psych grunge sound it was an introduction and moment of exploration which proved richly rewarding.
Bradford based, Innadaze emerged in 2018, formed by guitarist/vocalist Enzo Annecchini, drummer Billy Lockwood and guitarist Daniel Greenhalgh. With its line-up soon completed by bassist Ato Leo Ame, the band released debut single Wild as Love soon after, a song as potent at drawing new fans as their live shows around Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, and Liverpool across 2019 and indeed a subsequent demo EP. February of this year saw their new EP unveiled and a quartet of tracks which captivated as they wormed under the skin and almost aggressively consumed the senses.
The band’s sound is an alluring fusion of grunge, psych rock and shoegaze, an even mix which maybe hints at others in certain times but going by the new proposition has a certain individuality which again only tempted attention. EP opener, Totally Insignificant, quickly establishes that presence and the rich breath of the band’s music. Immediately bold rhythms and heavy riffs descend on ears; additional teases of guitar lining up intrigue as the song eagerly emerges with grunge bred instincts. Already there is a thick contagion to the proposal, hooks and twists aligning to further lure ears, Annecchini’s alluring vocals bringing that more shoegaze/psych nurtured texturing to the song. It is a seriously rousing affair but one further lit up by melodic dexterity and a host of imagination themed hooks and turns.
It is a tremendous start only matched indeed slightly eclipsed by next up Beyond The Sky. It too grabs ears with a robust and muscular proposal from the off but quickly wraps it in melodic and harmonic enterprise. Again there is an unpredictability to twists and imagination which does not erupt in something voraciously unconventional but ensures every moment comes with open adventure and intrigue. As with all tracks there is a great almost drone like quality to it too which nags away at ears and appetite just as potently as the band’s tenacious and united enterprise.
The similarly outstanding Duress Excess similarly provides an incessant tempting, its core lures buzzing at the senses as rhythms pounce and grooves bound ears in intoxicating almost toxic enticement. Caustic and corrosive in some ways, seductive and seriously arousing in just as many, the track is a controlled yet feverish slice of feral rock ‘n’ roll again proving irresistible to these ears.
The EP concludes with You See Me, a gentler and calmer consideration for the senses still bred in the band’s psych/shoegaze nurtured instincts. Though the song did not quite ignite the passions as its predecessors, with its melodic landscape lit with fuzzy sonic fires and set across a rugged rhythmic setting, the track only fascinated from start to finish.
Innadaze is a band which deserves checking out and their EP one which warrants keen attention. Given the chance it is hard to imagine either will incite anything else.
The Innadaze EP is out now.
Pete RingMaster 29/02/2020
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