EP Review: Hungdrawn's 'Hungdrawn'
We took a look at Manchester heavy rock band Hungdrawn's promising and daring self titled EP.
Opener ‘2face’ starts in a familiar vain to Nirvana’s ‘Come as you’, all strung out on an appealing underwater bass sound. But we stay here only momentarily before the track morphs into a heavy drawl before kicking on again with a exquisite, Queens of the Stone Age styled, play out. Dangerous and forceful, it’s a hell of a way to start an EP.
Recent single, ‘Laserbeam’, leads with a scuzzy, ‘Faith no more’, styled guitar riff complete with the style of slightly hypnotic vocal delivery championed by Scott Weiland and Mike Patton. An explosive, high vocal led, chorus kicks the shit out of the song and steers it towards heavy rock territory. It may be the EP’s strongest track, and certainly is the song which is most fully-formed.
‘Scared to live’ and ‘Midnight driving’ are both floor the throttle, dirty, rock tracks. Background vocal whispers provide an interesting dimension to the tracks and reframe their context into a late night, nightmareish, sound.
Penultimate track ‘Show time’ is the dirtiest, sexiest, track on the EP. Reminiscent of Weiland’s time in Velvet Revolver, it’s forceful and riff heavy, full of the type of chugging guitars which make your head move.
And finally, 'Fresh from the Cane' rounds off the showcase in spectacular style. Toe-tappingly gripping and delivered with their now trademark attitude, the track's mix of groove ridden instrumentals and biting lyricism perfectly sums up the EP's vibe as a whole.
In many ways Hungdrawn have chosen the difficult to path to walk down; musically challenging, vocal heavy, and playing a style which still swims against the cultural trend. But who cares what culture tells us to do; twenty years ago it was telling us to read Loaded and wear a parka, and we know how that ended. Great work.