False-Head – Wear & Tear EP

London-based trio Falseheads latest EP, Wear and Tear, may only be 4 tracks long, but it certainly makes a statement. Front man Luke Griffiths spits out vocals in a punchy London accent which is reminiscent of the Prodigy’s Keith Flint. This gives the band a punky vibe, yet the heavy guitar and rhythmic bassline combined with high energy drums ensure the sound is more complex and well-rounded than plain old punk.

Three tracks on Wear and Tear reminds me of something else. Opener ‘Wrap Up’ has a strong guitar riff not too dissimilar from Audioslave’s ‘Cochise’, yet Griffiths’ vocals make for a far more interesting listen than Chris Cornell’s wailing voice. The Pixies are brought to mind on ‘Snatch’, what with it’s a deep, simple, pacing bassline and repetitive lyrics. The quiet, twanging guitar riff on the opening of ‘Nothing In There’ reminds me of Nirvana’s classic haunting ballad ‘Something In The Way’. That the tracks are reminiscent of other songs is not a bad thing; it is a testament to the band that they can combine a number of sounds to create their own signature style.

I’m not sure if FalseHeads are punk, alternative, grunge or something in between but it’s the not quite knowing that makes them so interesting. Each track on this EP is considered and well developed, with variations between loud and quiet ensuring that each song holds our attention. You can hear something new, listen after listen, and after track four you’re left wanting more. This a band with lots of potential and I look forward to seeing what else they have to offer.

Ellie Scott @elliemaryscott