Ever since being introduced to them through the Fire EP back in 2013, Greek band Three Way Plane has continually fed our appetites here for something which grips ears as it stokes the imagination. Even as their music has grown and evolved, as too the trio’s craft and songwriting, in creating unpredictable tapestries of sound, that captivation has never wavered as proven by the band’s new outing, the Three Way Demo.
Since emerging back in 2004, Athens hailing Three Way Plane has released two EPs and a pair of albums with the second, Your Kingdom, My Life, a seriously striking moment in their ascent so far. Enjoyably the band’s sound is difficult to pin down, its breath and in many ways anarchy bred in a maelstrom of punk and hardcore melded to noise and alternative rock aligned to indie and post punk. It has grown to be something rather individual and unique with maybe UK band Houdini the closet comparisons, both bands deserving of greater attention and recognition.
Whether the raw and feral Three Way Demo will be the spark to such attention we question just because of how hard it is to snatch people from mass media fed sources but certainly it should lure a great many newcomers to the voracious realm of vocalist/guitarist Stratos, bassist John, and drummer Dams.
Denervation opens up the release, a psych kissed shimmer and melody enticing ears as rhythms gently add a lining of shadow. In no time the imagination was involved as a darker intimation brewed while the track revealed it’s slightly tempestuous nature. Eventually punk rock animation breaks free, an eruption opening up the cask of flavours and emotive voracity which bursts within music and vocals. The greater post punk character to the bass had us gripped alone but with the raptorial edge to Stratos guitar and voice, as well as the furious swings of Dam, the track proved a mighty addiction.
The following No Place To Hide immediately got down to business, the guitar probing and scoring the senses as rhythms brought a post punk dance to ears and a ready-made appetite for such tempting. There is a touch of bands such as The Mekons and Artery to the Three Way Plane sound and definitely a rich spicing to this superb track and its off-kilter antics.
The EP ends with Brave New System, a song which also needed within a breath enthralled with its rhythmic shuffle and sultry melodic meanderings. Unsurprisingly a rawer, heavier edge is waiting to expose its challenge, springing intermittent predacious eruptions within the sublime seduction of the song. Our favourite moment of three compelling offerings, the song bears all the hallmarks of why Three Way Plane never leaves expectations well fed and the imagination barren of things to be inspired by; success achieved by a whole EP that we loudly recommend.
The Three Way Demo is available now @ https://threewayplane.bandcamp.com/
Pete RingMaster 10/04/2020
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