Devil In Her Eyes EP.
Cast your mind back to Valentine's Day. What were you doing? Paying through the nose for a 'romantic' meal for two at a restaurant crammed with grimacing long-term-marrieds? Chucking back a bottle of pinot grigio on your lonesome and drying your tears on the fur of your slightly bemused looking cat?
These guys went for the far better option of forming a band.
Tomorrow - November 17th - sees the release of Grand Arcadia's debut EP, Devil In Her Eyes. With a sound hovering somewhere between rock and indie, in the sweet spot occupied by the likes of Royal Blood and Darlia, this Manchester based quartet have a stoner/grunge twist to them and echoes of bands like Drenge and Allusondrugs...which is no bad thing. Following a support slot for bleachandcologne favourites Carnabells in September, they've hit the gig circuit hard and are continuing to do so for the rest of the year.
So. The EP. First and foremost, all three tracks have a common theme - kick-you-in-the-face sound. These lads are LOUD. Opening track Break has a gutsy intensity, heavy on the drums and with a holleralong chorus complete with lyrics like 'I only love you for the thrill of it, I'm gonna break you down' it's one to sing with hands aloft. Title track Devil In Her Eyes showcases some faultless guitar work and makes me think of the classic stuff that came out of Seattle in the '90s. It's a great song, I love the lyrics that play on the classic dangerous devil woman idea that inspires rockstars, and I reckon it would be a great song to hear live. For me though, the highlifght of the EP is final track Love You More.
From the shouty warcry of a beginning, the song develops into into a pure wall of sound. Riffs all over the place, a thudding drumbeat and vocals practically screamed out to try and be heard over everything, it's a riot of hefty guitars and staccato rhythms. Ending abruptly, it leaves you feeling a bit 'whoa'. It's not available online at the moment so you'll have to trust me on this one - it is bloody good.
You can find Grand Arcadia in all the usual social media places. Have a listen to Break below - it might just ease that back to work tomorrow feeling.