Rad trio music from Liv Willars, Heather Perkins (also of Slowcoaches) and Jen Calleja (also of Sauna Youth). As Feature, these three create awesome jet-propelled melodic-punk / drone-pop (their own awesome descriptors) with a fierce DIY and anti-sexism approach. Banishing Ritual is their debut full-length, and its out on Upset The Rhythm.
LP £15.49 UTR093
Limited white coloured vinyl LP on Upset The Rhythm, in reverse board sleeve.
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It’s a supergroup alert, my friends: form an orderly queue at the emergency meet point and be impressed by the fuzz collab. This trio involves Heather Perkins of noise pop good eggs Slowcoaches plus Jen Calleja of grand pop-punkers Sauna Youth. They’re joined by shredder-in-chief Liv Willars, who makes an extremely compelling racket on guitar. Together that all spells Feature, or doesn’t, but they’re called Feature anyway. If you already knew all that, then ‘Banishing Ritual’ is what you’d expect: a record with economically catchy choruses, driving chord progs and enough buzzy distortion to make the whole thing sound both cosy and punk.
Both ominous and beaming, this record has me very lightly head-banging. “Reeling” has a kinda ominous guitar line played noisily, but the chorus features a quiet backing vocal and a muted threat: “I’ll leave you reeling”. On “Fresh Pillow”, they bring in that kinda doomy guitar tumble I’ve often heard in Slowcoaches’ tunes, big bold and driven out of the room. “Pre-Feel” is bubblegum bliss, the three of them harmonising on a pop-punk anthem so simple and direct you could imagine it playing in a Bob’s Burgers montage. The record’s best moments rest on this kinda hushed punk simplicity, with simple chords, call-and-response vox and grating bass lines coming together with a Ramones-y euphoria on “Schedules Align”.
This record is as ready to fuck you off as it is to get real about anxieties and stresses; I’ll treasure that and say this is a great, gnarled pop-punk treat.
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