Shot Of Hornets – The ‘Make Out A Picture’ EP.
Sonically perplexing, genre bending and soundly idiosyncratic, Mold based Shot Of Hornets are putting my hearing and literary capabilities to the test and I’m gladly bathing in this glorious difficulty.
July saw the band’s latest EP, Make Out A Picture and upon receiving an email from the band’s vocalist and drummer (just to make things more complicated) I was immediately taken back, confused yet thoroughly enthralled.
Why, well to tell you I’m going to have to…
\\Make Out A Picture//
Going from dulcet Math-Rock to a flirtation with it’s heavy-set Mathcore older brother and then on to tuneful pop melodies swathed plentifully over Alternative Rock “normality”, before jagged screamed vocals and a Post-Hardcore rumble all interchange when the band deem appropriate… A summary if you will of what it feels like to get a shot of hornets to the face.
Painful? not at all, its actually quite mesmerising and I’m somewhat smitten. ‘Corrosive’ and ‘Don’t Go Chasing Shadows, Arthur’ are lyrically memorable and the melodic hook-laden vocals are infectious from the off, with the dark yet shrill screams adding a welcome contrast before intense riffage becomes the be all and end all.
Both tracks briefly add Punk rhythms to their ensemble and leave you adding more ideas to your fantasy bills that Shot Of Hornets could play and then probably own completely.
With a band that describe themselves as making ‘heavy-ish, mathy-ish sometimes poppy noise’ an instrumental relaxation session is almost a given and ‘Firm Handshake: Interlude’ is perfect before all semblance of calm is destroyed (intermittently) with ‘Everything With Nothing’.
To begin with the “quiet-loud-quiet-loud-intense-calm and repeat” formula is overly intense in the heavier sections but then you remember who you are listening too and by the end of the song, all is well.
Now excuse me while I have a lie-down.
Find the band below while I go have a lie down:
- For updates head to Facebook and Twitter.
- To stream the bands music, head to SoundCloud and Spotify.
- For downloads, the bands music is split between bandcamp and iTunes.