'Turn On' basically does the same, be it slightly toned down, which leads unsurprisingly well into the slower number 'Snakes in the Grass'. A relatively stark intro leads the meandering guitar, but this less energetic effort highlights the vocals here. Especially on the lyric "This is the future not the past", you can hear the thick and characteristic accent, and the band's obvious desire to remain firmly planted in the 'alternative' genre. I absolutely love the vocals on 'Dust' come to mention it. They carry a certain relaxed element. Instead of appearing over-done and stressed, they sound decidedly uncaring in their delivery. I can listen to this EP and relate extremely well with the singing and the lyrics they relay. There is a definite grounded and honest emotion these guys emulate, and one I think they should try to maintain throughout their predictably long career!
The baton of speed and energy is picked straight back up after being dropped by 'Snakes in the Grass'. 'Blood For Tears' is introduced through a fantastically confident drum beat and ends with shout-along vocals that hover above a backing track eerie in the image it conveys. A strange city void of people that, instead of appearing unnerving, transforms into the careless playground of our dreams. Outstanding. 'Be The Real Man' carries this soundscape, with similar backing vocals, but the real show-stealer is the finishing song, 'Commiserations'. All of the problems I mentioned before? They don't apply at all. Varied pitch from the singer and experimentation in sound all accumulate under the roof of the shortest track here. And by God it works. While the rest of the album is good, this closing track hits you with all the loudness and aggression that's needed in order to squeeze another listen from your ears. Hot Vestry are a band worth keeping an eye on. While all my qualms do come into play, it's the easiest thing in the world to forget them while you listen. You're way too busy rocking along to heed any attention to the length of the tracks, and that particular issue is only noticeable on repeated run-through. Considering the age of the band, I'm unashamedly impressed by what they've managed to achieve. Mark my words, this EP is the start of something huge. And as it's free, I plead you to support the band and give it a gander. To the group? Bravo! Bravo and well done!