SO IT GOES (SO I’M TOLD)
The second track picks up the pace a little but still maintains a groove, which is mainly down to the considered yet energetic drumwork, reminiscent of Fugazi’s ‘Waiting Room’. Ethereal guitar effects offer something of a padded mattress for the deeply intuitive, directed aggression that the rest of the song revolves around. Cobain-esque snarls in the verses set up the chorus which briefly reverts back to the spaced out feel of ‘Reasons’, before going double time into the tracks pinnacle.
‘Itch’ was released as a single before the EP came out, and so is probably the one that listeners are most accustomed to. Rave makes use of a spoken word style of delivery for this track, which always gives more testament to lyricism as opposed to melody. A favourite lyric in question is, “I Itch the skin and start to sink into a world of stress and panic, fuelled by bigwigs who wouldn’t blink twice when they were assessing the damage” which Rave wrote after being made redundant by his place of work. Lyricism aside, there is still plenty of melody in the chorus, as a towering vocal hook is complimented by shimmering guitar work and bass scales that are ever solid throughout the whole EP.
The concluding track takes a very sombre turn, and this allows Rave’s tongue in cheek, early Alex Turner brand of wordplay to shine through. In saying this, it’s by no means regurgitation of past popularity, as the haunting atmosphere that lies within the piano work mystifies the listener in a way that the average indie outfit would struggle to translate. The track comes to a sudden end, leaving you half expecting something more from it. Is this their way of saying “to be continued”? Either way, they’ve definitely left their mark with this debut offering.