EP Review: Fowl's 'The Cowboy'
Upcoming punk band Fowl, released their debut EP late this year following a highly successful first gig in Blyth.
The band bring raw outrage and angst to the ever-growing music scene in the North East and I think that they are going to blossom immensely, especially following this EP.
The first song on the EP 'Get Up' is a powerful, pulsing track with layers of fuzz and gnarly power chords that ignite the wild symbol thrashing and angry vocals.
The lyrics "Go! Get Up and Go" scream at you during choruses. Harsh but motivational, I might say.
The rest of the song barks about what can only be described as teenage rage.
A steady start.
'Mr Preacher' is the second song on the EP, conveying a much more creepy and ghoulish vibe. The guitar riff isn't very attractive, and makes me almost cringe like fingernails on a chalk board. Screaming about 'Mr Preacher', the band seem to express utmost hate for whoever this character is, which shows through this whole song. The whining of the song chews you up and spits you out, just in time for the valta near the end of the song, speeding up the chords and the drumming; no doubt a mosh-pit starter.
The third song on the EP, 'Black Eye' combines elements of rock into Fowl's overpowering punk sound. The riff to the song sounds extremely rock and roll influenced, almost something out of the Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways', or even Rage Against the Machine's self titled album. However, it is glazed with a familiar fuzz pedal and tweaked to resemble punk, the result is it actually works quite well.
Possibly the most relaxed song on the EP, even though, in actual fact it is anything but relaxed...
The self-titled track on the EP, 'The Cowboy' is an 8-minute rendition of the lead singer Matthew talking in a forged American accent through the verses, in a comedic spoken-word fashion; with the choruses shouting "I'M THE COWBOY!". Fowl have managed to combine spoken-word lyric style in a hysteric, punk way, which is pretty fun. The song itself consists of another blenching guitar riff, several prolonged pauses, and immense humour; a creative way to fashion the song. This is something the band will be identified, and liked, for. 'The Cowboy' is a prominent display of Fowl's personality through their music in my opinion, it's the elephant in the EP so to speak, you can't ignore the humour.
'The Cowboy' is a striking and momentous debut EP, for Fowl. It focuses mainly on anger, so in the future I'm sure we'll hear Fowl's more tender and careful side if there is one, which I really hope there is. If they can encapsulate this much anger into one EP, imagine how much sadness or happiness they could do the same for.
The only slight problem I have with this EP is the lack of variation. I'd like to see some more mixed songs with more mixed messages, and spoken word explored a lot more.
That said, without a doubt this is one of my favourite EPs of 2018. For a band who are yet to gain much gigging experience, they are definitely a notable addition to Newcastle's punk scene.