Brighton has become a hotbed for bands of all genres, all styles, all social classes. The city breeds character, it offers freedom to all who want to break from the restricting confines of the capital and take refuge on its sandy shores. Loa Loa are one of those free-spirited troop’s that call Brighton their home, akin to fellow noise-makers Demob Happy and Royal Blood, Loa Loa’s hell-raising thrash cuts through the nonchalance of homogeneity to instigate their own personal brand of chaos. ‘IX . V . V. VI’, the debut EP is violently feral and overwhelmingly visceral, taking the best of FIDLAR and combining it with the unhinged rage of Nirvana whilst still remaining fully definitive of their own selves.
EP opener ‘Only Son’ squeals and drones into play as a forewarning for the tangled energy that will soon commence. Led by a vocal that’s coherent one minute and dislocated the next, moving between howls, discordant wails and rip-roaring choruses, this is one that was made for those memorable live performances and sweaty circle pits, think something like PUP’s ‘Reservoir’ video but without the crowd having to resuscitate the band afterwards. Debut single ‘Landslide’ comes next, remarkably it’s one of the simplest songs on the EP and one of the most instantly catchy, resulting in a pleasant hum of frayed riffs, scrappy rhythms, strung-out vocals and crashing melody.
Following is ‘Lily Burning’, a grunge-riddled sonnet that strikes dissonance between its stark verses of plodding bass and hushed lead with its upturned venomous choruses. The track is a welcome reminder to the days when Weezer ruled everything. ‘Monet’ drags the pace back to the running order, the song was inspired by a news story about a man who punched a hole through one of the Impressionist’s classic paintings worth over $11 million. Living in that same space of self-regret, the song is grounded by splurges of “Everybody else I know has done something good by now”, the narrator works to resolve his own dissatisfaction by concluding that the only to make something of himself is to “make myself out of you” and thus, we are comforted by this false sense of security, which leads us into closer ‘Wylo’ so perfectly. Where a battle between vice and virtue ensues.
As debut’s go, ‘IX . V . V . VI’ has flair and all the conviction of a band who are not afraid to show ambition within the format of an early work. Loa Loa have cornered their sound in these five tracks, whether it is their unshakeable punk rock spirit or their violently strung-out mentality, this unruly gang find glee in disorder and contentment in subverting the norm.
Don’t waste another minute, stream the full EP below and get crazy.
The self-released EP is available to purchase now, via the band’s Bandcamp page here.