Silver Arm – He Of The Slow Creep (EP) (Big Tea Records)
Four songs in just 10 minutes, 6 seconds. Yep, He of the Slow Creep – the upcoming EP from London post-punk act, Silver Arm – goes right for the jugular.
He of the Slow Creep was recorded by producer Rory Attwell (Palma Violets, the Vaccines, Male Bonding) and, as one might expect, it features a raw, no-frills production made up of just guitars, drums, and bass.
The opening title track fuses Kaiser Chiefs-esque vocal melodies with post-punk energy and grit. The excellent Siouxise and The Banshees-style guitar work – or perhaps more recently, Savages – contrasts perfectly against the song’s pop hooks. Wait for the song’s final 10 seconds where Silver Arm rock out like Queens of the Stone Age.
Track #2, Black Magician, immediately recalls Interpol, both vocally and musically. Amidst the cascade of cymbals and guitar bends are clean chord progressions that recall the aforementioned Siouxsie and The Banshees.
The excellent Bad Blood also demonstrates the band’s surprise knack for hooks and melody, served up with an Interpol-meets-Savages riot. The track includes a moment’s respite courtesy of a breakdown section with quietened vocals before launching back into the chorus shouts of “This is bad blood!” – brilliant stuff.
Saving the best for last, Gunboat takes cue from Bauhaus and The Birthday Party; just check out the vocals during the chorus, which summons Peter Murphy and Nick Cave simultaneously! This track is right on point and manages to heighten the energy of the previous tracks.
It’s always great to hear more bands use their guitars as weapons and although some might argue that Silver Arm missed the post-punk revival by a few years, He of the Slow Creep is an enjoyable little record with lots of promise. Here’s hoping for more.
He of the Slow Creep EP will be released on 10″ white vinyl (300 copies only), as well as digitally, on 3 March, 2014 through Big Tea Records.
Listen to “Gunboat” below: