Gravves – Oh, The Joy

One of last year’s highlights was undoubtedly the broader introduction of UK noise punks Gravves through debut EP Rattle. Now the band is ready to whip up even greater fuss and raucousness with its successor whose title pretty much sums up reactions to it, Oh, The Joy.

The North Wales hailing outfit create a cacophony of sound and enterprise littered with devious hooks and senses harrying rhythms. It is borne of a fusion of punk, noise, and alternative rock, the lustier ingredients of each uniting in a bold and often caustic roar as virulently infectious as it is eagerly abrasive. If Rattle highlighted its instinctive persuasion, Oh, The Joy rams it down eagerly welcoming throats with even greater relish and ferocity.

The trio of bassist/vocalist Adam Hughes, guitarist/vocalist David Thomas, and drummer Tom Williams swiftly blast ears with the Michael Whalley (Kong, Bipolar Sunshine) recorded EP through opener Power Bomb Baby, each of the three bombarding the senses with raw energy and zeal. William’s beats take no prisoners whilst guitar and bass harry and taunt with rapacity as vocals blaze.  As imposing a trespass as it is, the track is fuelled by infectious rock ‘n’ roll, sweeping the listener up in its tenacious garage punk/noise rock lures and energy.

The track continues the character and intent which made the band’s first EP so irresistible yet already there is a richer craft and individuality to the band’s sound which continues into next up Monster Truck. The second track also thrusts its rhythmic aggression and vocal abrasion immediately through ears but soon shows a more controlled if still devious attack with skin burrowing hooks and an irritably grumbling bassline; attitude simultaneously fuelling the heart of the outstanding song in word and sound.

From a scuzzy wind This is Bliss springs an indie meets garage punk incitement which had the body rocking with swift submission, Gravves tempering its punk causticity and elevating their cunning imagination for virulent hooks and invasive swings. Like a mix of the St Pierre Snake Invasion and The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, the track quickly had juices running as too did successor Sinister Surf. Emulating its title in flavour and noir lit breath, the track simply haunts as it prowls the senses, seducing and invading with sublime ease and touch even as its tantalising grooves erupt with caustic emotion and intensity.

Hello Sailor bawls and stomps with its own particular virulence next, manipulative hooks and rhythms controlling instincts and limbs like a dictator as guitars spread melodic corrosion across their invasion. The surf rock scent of the previous track is still lapping over things but from a more early Horrors like distillery and it works a glorious treat.

Bringing things to a close, L is for Loser roars with sonic severity veined with a tangle of inescapable hooks and severely magnetic grooves; a track unleashing its full weight on the senses with fury and relish.

It is a fine end to another encounter with Gravves which left us breathless and greedy for much more. It has built upon the strong qualities of the first EP with hunger and imagination whilst still hinting the journey for the band’s sound is far from over. As the new encounter says, Oh, The Joy!

Oh, The Joy is out now through Loner Noise Records and available @ https://gravvesgravves.bandcamp.com/album/oh-the-joy

Upcoming live shows:

06 May 2018 – Liverpool UK, Sound City

10 May 2018 – Wrexham UK, Focus Wales Festival

11 May 2018 – Preston UK, The Ferret

12 May 2018 – Wrexham UK, Focus Wales Festival

26 May 2018 – Llanidloes UK, Kingsfest

27 May 2018 – Birmingham UK, Die Das Der

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Pete RingMaster 02/05/2018

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Gravves – Rattle

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There is no foreplay involved with Rattle the debut EP of British noise inciters Gravves. It is a release which, certainly for us, careered straight to lustful instincts from its very first roar of breath and sound, thereon in proceeding to entwine us around its little creative finger. Having an already well-established love for The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, an open inspiration to the North West hailing trio, certainly helped its persuasion but the four tracks making up Rattle soon established the band and its sound as something individual, unique, and quite irresistible.

Since forming, the threesome of bassist/vocalist Adam Hughes, guitarist/vocalist Dave Thomas, and drummer Tom Williams have persistently lured attention and a fine reputation with a stage show seeing Gravves play with bands such as Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, DZ Deathrays, God Damn, Heck, and Misty Miller, as well as impress with festival appearances at the likes of Focus Wales, Tramlines, and Threshold Festival. Radio has also eagerly embraced the band and its striking sound, a success easy to see expanding as Rattle takes the band towards a new broad tide of ears and fans.

gravves-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewRecorded with Michael Whalley (Mums, Kong, Bipolar Sunshine), Rattle simply explodes on the senses as opener My Pet Rihanna unleashes its sonic tirade. Within the clamour though, a virulent groove is forming, escaping and driving the song from thereon in as vocals clash and collude in noisy emotion while guitars and bass flare up and seductively groan respectively alongside each other. There is an inner calm in the turbulence too, a magnetic lure which breeds monotone vocals alongside the established outcry in a reflection of the dark touch of bass. There is no escaping the air of the previously mention Brighton band and at times there is a touch of fellow Brit up ‘n’ comers like The Droppers Neck and The St Pierre Snake Invasion too, but the track swiftly breeds its own identity.

Heartbeats is just as impressive as it reveals another aspect to the Gravves character. It has a controlled hand on its tempest of noise; still offering a fuzzy infestation of ears but with a dark composed gait echoed in the vocals and rhythms. Thomas’ guitar certainly sears air and flesh, its scorching touch infused with sharp hooks and abrasive grooves which trap the passions with their intrusive infection. There is a slight scent of The Birthday Party to the song and of Mclusky too in some ways while Future of the Left also comes to mind but again as its predecessor what emerges is all Gravves.

From its opening rhythmic enticement aligned to melodic acidity which has a bit of early U2 to it, Tribes storms the barricades next; subsequently sonically and vocally raging around that persistently infectious first hook and another great blend of vocal persuasion. It is a virulent blaze as catchy and imposing as anything around right now, manna for hungry senses and appetites as too the following Hollow Bones.

The closing track also has a more stable energy and storm to its heart, its body prowling almost stalking the listener as melodic vocals and keys entwine with harsher textures. Though it hints at fiercer eruptions, the song retains its control to fine effect, providing a thrilling end to a stunning release.

Rattle is an introduction to stir things up and Gravves one of those propositions which quite simply re-ignites a lust for music.

Rattle is out now across most stores through Loner Noise Records.

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Pete RingMaster 21/02/2017

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