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Cruising - Cruising

by Steve Reynolds Rating:8 Release Date:2015-08-16

Cruising is a four-piece from Dublin and Belfast with ex-commitments to Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks, and Logikparty. Their self-titled EP consists of six tracks packed with rapid, slingy tirades of pummelling goth-lined post-punk and filthy sounding, surf-guitar rock.

From the opening bars of ‘The Spectacle’, it’s apparent that the band is equipped with effervescent spunk and guts, recalling the early anger and drive of Gang of Four. A throbbing, riding bass is quickly joined by a twangy guitar, building slowly. It’s not too long before we encounter Benni Johnston’s soaring vocals, which challenge the guitar to go to the next level, which it duly does, recalling Pornography era Cure for extra cool kudos points.

‘You Made Me Do That’ is of similar refrain, recalling the early work of Goth Punks The Damned with a healthy slice of the glamour offered by  much underrated Irish 4 piece Rudi.  The sound is taught, fluid and effortlessly catchy.

People will be quick to reference them to Savages but I have to say that Cruising have a much stronger sound and the songs flow much easier.  Yes they are steeped in the same veins of post punk but when you listen to the unhinged urgency of ‘Safe Corridor’ you’ll be stunned by its enigmatic delivery and visceral finish.

‘Lifting’ is much more stoic, upright and less punishing than its predecessors which had the inclination to be ‘floored’.  However with ‘Lifting’, the legato guitars jangle and incandescently burn with a ton of horse power, duly poisoned by a dirty bass of seedy proportions.

‘Woman’ is slightly aligned to the early indie pop of The Flatmates and Shop Assistants and the kitchen sink drama of Brighton’s Shrag.   Johnston’s echoed cold delivery continues to be the centre piece of the song but with a much lighter brighter approach surrounding it.

It all comes to a dark, broody epitaph with closer ‘Cutlass’, sounding much like GO4’s ‘Anthrax’ initially with its roomy opening it steps away from that after about a minute and ramps up to a forlorn mess of energetic, irregular punk rock descending into a wall of cacophony and warped atonal mess.

This is a very impressive EP.  It in fact astonishes at an alarming rate of knots after only a couple of listens and it will be interesting to hear what they do next to keep up such a high watermark of songs on such an arms opening hedonistic debut.




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