An exploration of personal fragility documented through visceral guitar riffs and powerful percussion; Suspects‘ debut EP Recovery is an aural uppercut that demands your listening attention. Released via Cool Thing Records today (May 31st), the Southend duo formed of Thomas Prescott (guitar/vocals) and James May (drums) have created four songs designed to tear down feelings of anxiety and frustration.
Produced by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Gallows, The Futureheads, Asylums), Recovery begins with its title track. The calm, emotionally charged opening verse soon bleeds in to Suspects’ trademark furious punk sound. The track laments a dark time in frontman Thomas Prescott’s life, which he explains further: “’Recovery’ was written…when my drinking took over everything and was severely affecting my relationships with my friends and family, it was time for a change. Seeking help from AA, I was able to go sober for the first time in my adult life. It was during this clarity that I was able write ‘Recovery’”
The intensity of this clarity is embedded in following track ‘Anaphylactic Shock’, which like its namesake, is a thrashing, manic assault on the senses. It’s a two minute blur of aggressive punk vocals propelled by non-stop drumming. The blistering desperation in Prescott’s vocals shines through on the EP’s last two tracks; ‘Innocence’ and ‘Armageddon and Me’. Both are grungy, riff-heavy, anthemic offerings reminiscent of early Queens Of The Stone Age. They perfectly bookend this bold, gutsy offering from the talented duo.
Championed by Kerrang!, Louder Than War, John Kennedy (Radio X) and BBC Introducing, Suspects’ debut EP Recovery is what happens when someone is brave enough to face their pain, and put in the hard graft in order to turn it in to music that transcends it.
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