Fresh Picks: SUNDR.
The band describe themselves as ‘Post-Rock inspired‘ and despite the sheer aggression laid down by the shrill and conviction laced vocals, as well as the dark and harder instrumentals, this isn’t too far from the truth on this debut.
Post-Rock and Post-Metal as genres are common bedfellows, making for some intense crossovers, from the likes of Isis(band), Pet Slimmers Of The Year (PSOTY) and God Speed You! Black Emperor to name a few.
SUNDR have taken this Post-Rock formula and expanded it to include the heavier compositions of Post-Metal and the gravitating weight the genre adds, before adding shrill and brutally aggressive vocal screams via the bedfellows’ often late arrival, Post-Hardcore.
‘Maraud’ is misleading in it’s intro and in suggesting a Post-Rock track in entirety, but it soon leads into a opening similar the now sadly defunct Post-Metal/Hardcore Punk hybrid, Rinoa. That said, around 1:41 the tone changes again with the vocals calming, albeit slightly, with softer, sombre Post-Rock cautiously played behind it all for a time.
Rinoa are a band that any fan of music in this vein should almost certainly look into and while doing so, look into another UK band by the name of Vales, who count Rinoa’s drummer in their number and bring forth another variation of this hugely diverse and sonically large genre-group. You can find our ‘Fresh Picks’ on Vales – Here.
The debut may only be a two track EP, but it does good job of showing SUNDR for who they are. ‘Maraud’ is wonderfully dark and fury gripped but the closing ‘Enmity’ far out-weighs it. Lyrically, this band are as strong and skilled as they are musically, in creating a brutal and dark groove visceral in it’s distaste.
‘Dear mothers, dear fathers, bear your crosses oblivious to the weight. If only we could age in harmony, over disintegration, free from foul intention. And I could free my head from enmity.’
SUNDR are actually gearing up for their first gig – ever, on the 14th April in their home-town of Melbourne alongside fellow noise mongers, DISASTERS and OLD LOVE. MF had a quick gander whilst editing this piece, and if you like your music dark, gloomy and beautifully brutal without a loss of musicianship, then this FREE gig is one you need to be at.
Find the Facebook event – HERE and find all things SUNDR, as well as fellow “capital letter bands”, DISASTERS and OLD LOVE below:
- For updates on SUNDR, head to their Facebook and Twitter pages.
- For the FREE TO DOWNLOAD EP Loss, head to bandcamp.
- DISASTERS: Facebook, bandcamp.
- OLD LOVE: Facebook, bandcamp.