Limerick three-piece, Slow Riot, have been building all year to the release of their debut EP ‘Cathedral’ and with the date chalked out for 23rd October, the anticipation is setting in.
Taking note from the classic sounds that were developed before them, Slow Riot’s post-punk is a mean, agile beast that rears and bucks with a deep fathomed fury. The kind that fuelled bands like Joy Division and Interpol to revered heights.
Opening the EP is recent single ‘Demons’, furrowing at a steady pace, percussion and bass are the premise for the growing dissonance. Troubled and confused, ‘Demons’ tells a tale of isolation and self-destruction: “I’m caught in rain and I feel so afraid”. Instrumentally, the loud/quiet/loud formula is used to great effect, this displacement instigates an emotional connection with the listener, drawing you in and leaving you stunned at the outcome. It’s a mighty statement of intent to introduce a piece of work with a song like this but it definitely seals a strong opinion of a band.
‘City of Culture’ is the most fervent and unruly of all the tracks on ‘Cathedral’. Delivered by a voice that is enraged by disillusionment. The animosity is matched musically, while fuzzed-up bass, searing guitars, blaring distortion and rapid percussion add fuel to the fire.
Following from the onslaught is the pensive ‘Adele’. A beautiful ode of endearment to unrequited love, “I am your shadow, know how much I need you”. The darker themes of the EP are still prevalent here, yet ‘Adele’ is reflective and heartfelt in its sombre qualities, revealing a much welcomed softer side to the band. The EP closer comes too fast, in the form of ‘Cooper’s Dream’. A turbulent, atmospheric beauty.
The EP introduced a band that are assured in their musicianship and have successfully produced one of the finest moments in music this year.