Damned Implant and Their ‘Dirt Rock’.
Soaked in dark, damp but oh so inviting dirty Blues Rock, Damned Implant have recently released a politically charged two-piece assault on the current order of things. The band hail from St. Helens and after a long absence from creating music have come together to release the aptly titled #Dirt Rock.
You listen to this EP and you are instantaneously hit with something basic in a way that it needn’t be anything other than what it is. Rhythmic Grunge greets you in ‘The Fight Song’, where the harsh distortion is only matched by blunt and well mixed vocals that are so prominent that you find yourself accosted. ‘The Fight Song’ is a stripped down call for change and social revolution against an order oh-so outdated.
Unfortunately you have to listen to a modern day despot in ‘Lock The Doors’ where the band attack the systematic Racism of a politician we will name as Tonald Drump in order for it to be well hidden…
Whirling melodic psychedelic leads and further deep distorted rhythms interchange as the samples of said leader and his fear mongering ebb by. ‘Lock The Doors’ tackles the sheer audacity of such a construction project over a playful bluesy-Hard-Rock backing that if sped up would make an excellent Punk-Rock track.
Speaking of which, classic 77′ Punk is your guide through another blatant political rant in ‘03.99 125 81’ as the band tackle the harsh truth of modern war while ‘Anger Is A Gift’ touches upon this Punk influence further but with a heavy dose of Stoner Rock thrown in for the sake of a good groove.
The opening dirge of ‘Indica Dreams’ is haunting and uncertain as the band could easily break into anything from Metal, Punk or something more progressive. Instead mid-tempo Punk/Grunge is your allotted transport for the best track on the release. Damned Implant take the two-piece formula and instead of trying to produce something complicated or over ambitious, take the formula at face value, keep it simple and just roll with it in the best way possible.
The colossal final instalment of this debut EP clocks in at 9:00 exactly and sees the band at their most drawn out alongside their most melodic tendencies and more obvious penchant for the loop-pedal. ‘Steel Wizard’, to use an apt description within the context of this EP, trumps (drumps?) ‘Indica Dreams’ as the best on #DirtRock despite being completely instrumental. You find yourself reflecting on the subjects the band have touched upon in this final track and wondering how they are going to improve on such an EP.
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