Last year we tipped La Bête Blooms to be “one of the most exciting and strongest forces in music right now”; this year, armed with a fresh EP, the Hull band are doing everything right to put them in the running for the title of the most exciting.
I Know It’s Nothing is a stomping four-track-strong offering from the post-punk four-piece – the creation of which they confess to have been a cathartic exercise of sorts due to their personal battles with mental health.
The tracks are consistent in their reverb-drenched raucousness, marking a move away from shoegaze, yet still showcasing the versatility that compelled BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne to surmise “think Slowdive meeting Pixies, thrown in with a bit of Kurt Cobain’s Incesticide guitar and you pretty much have it”.
Opener ‘Breaking In’ is a bruising two minute track interspersed with whining guitars and perfectly pithy lyrics. ‘What You Want’ is delivered as a flurry of frantic vocals whilst ‘Hole In My Head’ feels more measured and melodic in comparison. ‘Low Hummer’ marries the four seamlessly, echoing the general feeling of a restless yet endured discontent with snarls of “I feel like I die about fifty times whilst I’m watching TV”.
In conclusion, I Know It’s Nothing is an ensnaring EP that will have you howling along as you wallow in your own angst (in the nicest way possible), before booking tickets to La Bête Blooms’ live show.
I Know It’s Nothing is out now on Adult Teeth Recordings/Warren Records.