EP Review: Philophobia Music's 'Sic Itur Ad Astra'
6 Tracks, Five word title: 'Sic Itur Ad Astra EP', 4 times over I listened to it, 3 Bands: Slurs, JJ Swimsuit & Bad Idea, 2 new Facebook likes (I already “liked” Slurs), 1 Awesome EP...
Coming off the heels of seeing the wonderful Slurs at Mouses’ all day festival Mousetival, I took the opportunity to listen to their first new release in 2 years. They really smashed it then and they smash it here with the first two tracks on this release.
'Real Pressure' is a grungy indie slacker workout with an infectious fuzzy bass line that doesn’t give up. Meanwhile we're treated to feedback laden guitars reminiscent of the Jesus and Mary Chain and a sing along chorus that, combined with the lo-fi production, gives the track a air of a Nirvana demo.
'Mockery' also starts as a fuzzy bass freak out, but when the guitar kicks in we are in Pixies territory. It’s also an interesting track because (intentionally or not) the phrasing of the vocals reminds me of a Kaiser Chiefs track, is it just me? Let me know what you think, answers in the comments below.
I had never heard of JJ Swimsuit but not hearing of a band before is no boundary to enjoyment.
My first introduction is this awesome music box style drum machine intro that ticks all the late 70’s post punk boxes for me. And then, following the intro, we are in a different place entirely; somewhere close to the place on the front cover of this EP.
The lush cinematic strings, the guitar line reminiscent of a track by The Animals and the synths of of Telstar from yesteryear and the Lo-Fi radio voice from Ladies and Gentlemen by Spiritualized all brought together with the fuzzy reverb drenched guitars of Ride from today.
The closest thing to this that comes to mind is the Alex and Miles side project The Last of the Shadow Puppets but this is much more accomplished in its goal.
If I was floating in space, give me 'Trace Index’ and if I’m on the dance floor give me ‘Sup I’m Satan’.
Bad Idea continue the box ticking with poppy punk similar to Muncie Girls, Martha and The Spook School. It’s these kind of tracks that make me want to head bang and forget that I haven’t taken the bins out.
‘Better’ is a very tasty track with a relatable tone of the desire for self improvement and it would look great in a nice font on a t shirt; “I just want to be better, but I’m just bitter”.
Finally, 'Bailing' is a groovy relationship song with this sweet “ooooo ooooo ooooo” refrain throughout and this funky middle 8 where the guitar takes the backseat and the drummer has a little space to show a bit of flair. Thanks to this track, I have now well and truly liked this bands Facebook page and will listen to everything they have recorded so far and release in the future.
All in all, a fantastic EP released through Philophobia Music featuring a range of exciting and intriguing artists that we'll be keeping a close eye on in the coming years...