An email from band member Dave introduced us to Irish outfit Radio Mafia and a debut EP which offered surprise after surprise. Don’t Think About It springs four tracks upon ears which are openly distinct to each other but united in treating expectations with contempt.
There is little we can tell you about Radio Mafia right now apart from they being a quintet hailing from Drogheda who have been a potent part of the local and Dublin music scene. They also have a debut album set for release later in the summer but first there is the small but seriously potent matter of this first EP to explore and quite likely get excited over.
With a general tag of being a rock band, Radio Mafia swiftly reveal that term covers a canvas of flavours and styles which never left us anything less than fascinated. Don’t Think About It opens with its title track, the song a gentle lure on ears with its instinctive funk pop stroll. The deep tone of the bass swiftly proved thick captivation matched by that urged by the emotive prowess of the vocals, both gaining a fiery energy as the track brews an earthy rock fuelled eruption.
It is a potent start to the release but soon eclipsed by the impressive presence of B.R.S., the second track immediately revealing muscle in its character and infectiousness. With eager riffs and ripe hooks aligning with thick swinging rhythms, the song roars and growls, unapologetic irritability coursing through its veins as electronic intimation adds bold temptation. In time, that energetic aggression turns into a senses crawling predation with a sludge thick appetite, the track only escalating its weight of persuasion and enjoyment with the unforeseen twist.
Glass Soldier is next up and again immediately had attention gripped with its flirtatious bassline, one soon matched by keys and the general swing bred nature of the track’s eager stroll. The bass continues to throw its rhythmic sway as drums set the track’s manipulative shuffle, guitar and keys brewing their own particular melodic captivation around the united vocals of the band. As with its predecessors the song simply hit the spot and as those before it in sharing its own particularly unique sound showed expectations a middle finger and pleasure a warm welcome.
Fit To Die completes the line-up, the track another with a heavier rock heart with just a touch of Therapy? like punk to its rapacious roar. As temptation lines every raw melodic wire intensity wraps each vocal roar just as aggression soaks the rhythmic intimacy of the track. It is a great end to a fine first union with Radio Mafia, an EP which may be thrilled the most with its earthy rock instincts but only lit ears and imagination from start to finish.
Don’t Think About It is out now.
Pete RingMaster 13/03/2020
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