Kicking off the debut EP from Sunderland’s newest three-piece post-punk band, Roxy Girls, is ‘Straddling The Cannon’. The opening staccato riffs hook you in and when the drums, bass and vocals kick in there’s no getting off; its raw, unbalanced quality both jars and pleases. Rhythms are complex but catchy while the vocals carry that distinctive North-Eastern tone. It’s easy to be reminded of early Futureheads or Gang of Four, who are clearly influences, but it takes on a whole new percussive twist.
‘Dangerous Driving’ was released as a single at the end of last year. At one minute five long, this is a high adrenaline roller coaster ride hurtling around the track throwing you from corner to corner. Fast-paced angular riffs rise and fall along a percussive backdrop to a public service lyric. It’s visceral and intense.
Keeping with the automotive theme, ‘Taxi Cab’ maintains the pressure, riding a pounding rhythm and thunderous beat. The brakes slam into a false ending, accelerating into a percussive breakbeat jam before picking up the pace again.
‘Interjections’ is the final track on the EP. Perhaps the most straight-up track in the collection, cowbell rhythms lead into a guitar groove. It’s raw, full on and catchy without sounding poppy.
In short, this is a collection of four punchy tracks timed to perfection. It’s edgy, upbeat and refreshing. Rogue cowbells, off-kilter beats, lo-fi sounds and angular riffs make this an addictive listen.
The EP is available to stream on Bandcamp and Spotify and most other digital outlets.