Hailing from North Wales The Spitting Pips present their debut EP Acid-Soul, encapsulating the spirit of British rock throughout the ages decorated with flecks of an American neo-psychedelic sound.
The EP contains two raw rock anthems and is as loud as it is catchy. With an over-driven guitar sound pushed to the limits, it’s reminiscent of pre-Morning Glory Oasis and with the vocal delivery in the verses of ‘Excuse Me’ sounding similar to ‘Hello’ by the ‘90s giants, there are definite flashbacks to that era in British rock.
The tracks are all about the vocal melodies, with the instruments taking a modest rhythmic backseat for the most part, making for really easy listening. The rough-around-the-edges straight up recording vibe of Acid-Soul lends itself well to the classic song-writing style the band employ.
Beyond the heavily obvious influences, both tracks on the group’s debut are glimpses of the beginning of a new band with a solid, focused and enjoyable sound. And, whilst nostalgia for the ‘90s in guitar music seems to be the status quo right now, it’ll be interesting to see if the group’s future endeavours push a more forward thinking sound.
However, whilst the music treads in directions that have been walked before in British music, it doesn’t lack flashes of charming originality, with catchy, memorable choruses and big riffs that won’t leave your head easily.