The Greeting Committee ‘Island’ EP Review

Following the release of their debut single and the completion of their first UK headline tour, The Greeting Committee – now signed to Newcastle’s Push Puzzle Records – deliver their new EP ‘Island’.

This six-some from Newcastle deliver a raucous explosion of sound on this EP. The music and vocals are reminiscent of the LSD infused sounds of Woodstock but are garnished with a snarling blues feel that brings them bang up-to-date.

The first track ‘Island’ has a sombre start with some nice strings and the song has a definite Stone Roses jangly feel. ‘Borders and Patrols’ follows and the intro of a tuning radio makes way for some heavy and hypnotic percussion with some eerie synths. If the Boo Radleys had gone on a narcotic-filled decade long bender this is what they might sound like now. The third track ‘What’s it like?’ is the strongest track on the EP and lives up to their label of “neo psychedelic”.

The EP pulls together hedonistic elements of the flower power age (think Jefferson Airplane, Yardbirds), blends it with some ‘90s Britpop-iness and gives it a relevant and contemporary feel with a touch of blues-rock. It’s definitely worth a listen if you want something a little different.

You can catch The Greeting Committee live on 28th October at The Cluny 2, Byker, Newcastle with The Dead Indians.

Listen to the Island EP here