EP Review: Church Of Non Believers' 'Electro Shock Misery’

EP Review: Church Of Non Believers' 'Electro Shock Misery’

Fresh on the heels of their debut album, ‘Birth’, and a successful stint playing alongside electro-pop rising stars Twist Helix, Church of Non Believers released ‘Electro Shock Misery’ in October 2017.

‘Electro Shock Misery’ EP marks a step away from the ‘intense and serious’ content of their debut, perfectly blending gospel/soul and electro influences. As ‘Hull’s only electro soul punk export’, the band’s intriguing sound is already making waves, with single ‘Grave Digging’ featured on BBC Introducing Humberside.

The EP leads with ‘Grave Digging’. It’s a strong opener, with driving gravelly dark lyrics paired alongside electronic influences, and echoes of early Franz Ferdinand come to mind here. The clever wordplay of lyricist/vocalist Deeaay Harrison shines in this song.
He plays with oppositions, lyrically pondering his position as a ‘somebody’ and a ‘nobody’, just as the song blends together lighter and darker musical influences.

Harrison carries on this ironic, subjective lyricism into perhaps the most radio-friendly tracks of the EP, ‘Watch the World Burn’ and ‘Windows in Time’. He ironically uses these slower tempo, accessible tunes to play with the social conventions and clichés of being a rock star. Singing of smashing up the hotel room, a call-back to ‘Grave Digging’s reference to falling off the stage.

The other two tracks of the EP delve into the broadest reaches of the band’s blended sound.
‘Buyer’s Remorse’ explores very current politics - Brexit and May - with innuendo-laden lyrics, and an expansive heavy guitar-led gospel sound. This is expertly blended with an underlying electronic influence.
‘You’d Think’ closes the EP and has a pacey, electronic-bordering-on-rave sound.
Eighties influences abound throughout this track, and it’s a fascinating note to end on.

‘Electro Shock Misery’ is an ambitious and multi-layered undertaking - a must-listen for the subversive lyrics and unexpected, varied sound.

The EP is available now on iTunes, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

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