Robust and aggressive yet skilfully woven with melodic imagination and hook littered dexterity, Jacob Eats Dog is the new EP from UK rockers Stolen Dead Music. Offering four tracks of alternative rock with a certain appetite for punk, the release is a rousing holler which had us eagerly on board in quick time.
Hailing from the North East, Stolen Dead Music drew firm attention with their ScreamLite Records released debut EP, Penny Drop, last year, an encounter which sparked an anticipation loaded appetite here for their music. The band links up with the label again for the release of Jacob Eats Dog and guitarists/vocalists Jimi Trimmer and Isaak Patterson alongside bassist/drummer Lewis Patterson immediately held thick attention again with the EPs opening title track.
Jacob Eats Dog erupts with a sonic squall from which a great dub styled bass line emerges, its title track swiftly joined by a post punk guitar clamour before settling into an infectious punk bred stroll. Within that opening horde of second, the band reveals their music is woven on a host of flavours, the subsequent saunter akin to a fusion of Joe Jackson and Angelic Upstarts . Never giving a moment for lungs and body to relax, the track is rock ‘n’ roll incitement proving all anthemic and all irresistible.
Whether the EP reaches the same mountainous heights again is down to personal taste but the following Sit In Silence leaves little for ears and appetite to desire with its post punk clang and soulful vocals across another heavy verging on predatory rhythmic incitement which easily got under the skin. A more hard rock scented texture equally shapes a track which commanded swift and constant attention before Broken Record sets its own rhythmically intense and dynamic trespass upon the senses. Even so its body is all infection and vocal prowess an equally catchy enticement; it’s stalking of ears as arousing as it is imposing.
Just Got Back completes the quartet of songs, the enticement a melodic embrace of calm and reflective enterprise but one built on a tempestuousness which lines every rhythm and riff. It is a track which took longer to be persuaded by even though it only proved temptation from the off but with every listen a new shade of imagination and craft revealed their persuasion and it has grown to be another compelling moment within Jacob Eats Dog, a release you really should be checking out.
Jacob Eats Dog is available now via ScreamLite Records; available @ https://screamliterecords.bandcamp.com/album/stolen-dead-music-jacob-eats-dog
Pete RingMaster 29/02/2020
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