Start With a Strong and Persistent Desire

This U.K.-based quintet has recorded one of the most promising debut rock albums in recent memory.

This U.K.-based quintet has recorded one of the most promising debut rock albums in recent memory. Taking inspiration from such acts as Tool and the Smashing Pumpkins, this 11-track project is a coursing blend of keyboard/drum-heavy riffs and emotional lyrics that ring true because of their intense rawness. Lead singer Terry Abott brings listeners into his world of fixations on such tracks as "Dermo," "Itch," and "The Closest," which is about his fiancée asking him to choose between her and his band. "Can't Smile," an epic-sounding song discussing a highly messy relationship, alternates between fast and slow verses to great effect. The painful aftermath of abortion floods through the album's hard title track, while "Bully Me" similarly expresses angst but with a slow-building melody.—JK
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