Solids Else EP is out today on Dine Alone and Topshelf Records. Their first release since their critically lauded 2014 debut LP Blame Confusion, the EP sees the band checking in after a year of near-constant touring. Having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Nothing, PUP, Single Mothers and Metz, the EP reflects that road weariness with a group of songs that vibrate at a lower frequency, documenting the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road.
The EP serves as a melancholic deconstruction of the '90s slacker ethos explored on their first LP, but it also charts Solids' transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound that's all their own. The final product is a snapshot of a band that's travelled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that's chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.
The fuzzy shoe-gaze sound is perfect for a Monday morning thinking of far off places, imagining being out with nature in a lazy daze while the intermissions of summer festival rock style breakdowns complete this really well put together full sound.
The tapestry of noise conveys a musical journey with elements of a Doors-like wandering style and almost a fuzzy Sonic Youth in places and would not be out of place in a 90's slacker movie.
Shine has a baggy Madchester feel to it yet more instrumental, sophisticated and grown-up. In the chilled out laid back style you can almost feel the sun on your skin as the song fades out like waves lapping on the shore.
Check out the opener Blank Stare here:
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