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- Little Monster by Royal Blood
I just had to put up with an horrific synth-based Nirvana cover on the last single I reviewed, so it's nice to have some proper old fashioned rock on this one. Royal Blood aim straight for the jugular with 'Little Monster', a Mudhoney-esque grunge-riffer with thick, fuzzy distortion on the guitar and bass that reminds me of Unsane. Proper gnarly tones and a good tune, but not too cheesy. This is ace.
On the other side they move from Mudhoney to Soundgarden, with crooning vocals and slow, grinding riffage betraying a far more significant debt to classic rock bands like Mountain than the first side's frantic fuzzpop. I'm not too sure about the slinky vocals but I am sure about the buzzy Melvins guitar tones so all is not lost.
The A side is much better than the B side but both of them are grungey party rock with maximum fuzz.
10/10 Maisy Customer review, 6th April 2014
I did have trouble getting Little Monster to play, Hole played fine right away. I finally took my needle (full cartridge) off and put it back on, and both sides play and are perfectly perfect now. Little Monster and Hole sound particularly beautiful on this 7" vinyl pressing. Royal Blood have such a simple concoction of music, it shines so bright! I'm hoping for a long play record from them soon. I think I might wear this record out. I should have purchased two copies! Most of my music is in CD's digitally ripped, some digital download. I've been getting back into Vinyl lately with new recordings. Getting this little record recently, it's a jewel amongst all the CD's and digital and all my very old vinyl records.
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