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IDLEWAR - DIG IN (EP)

IDLEWAR.COM | Release Date: June 16 2015

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If you like it heavy and dripping with attitude, yet retaining a real sense of style and passion then you should check out the latest EP from Orange County’s Idlewar, a band who manage to both sound relevant and essential and who can work a killer groove like they did in the seventies.


As a trio Idelewar have a huge sound and on an EP that doesn’t let up you get everything from the fast and furious opener ‘Chunk of Me’ to the rocked-out groove laden ‘Out of My Head’ and that’s just for starters. Taking that latter track you really do get the vibe of what bands like ‘Rival Sons’ are trying to do – make real music that doesn’t shy away from Rock’s roots. Idelewars sound is heavier though, and its solid backbone provided by the great rhythm section of James Blake (Bass and Vocals and Peter Pagonis (Drums) that set it all up for a guitarist like Rick Graham to flourish.  


Elsewhere on the EP ‘Eleventeen’ smoulders on the end of a huge Clutch-like groove before forcing its way into your head to do some serious sweet damage. It’s like bands used to sound like when vinyl was king and Rock  was raw and frayed at the edges (without sounding like your dad’s music) and that’s one of the highest compliments we can pay any new band. ‘Feel the Pain’ rides a similar groove and sees James Blake at his peak, with vocals that manage to both touch a nerve and sooth it simultaneously.


Closing track ‘Stronger’ is a great way to end the EP, more Rock, more Metal, more urgency and equal passion with just a touch of Soundgarden meets AC/DC. This is music you can feel as well as hear and we for one can’t wait to hear more. Definitely a band to watch.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 


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