Egyptian Blue are one of those post-punk bands who combine angular guitars, angry-young-man ire and propulsive rhythm work. Unsurprisingly they get a lot of comparisons to Gang Of Four, but on debut EP Collateral the Brighton four-piece come across more like Foals having a go at doing Parquet Courts - no bad thing in our books. The title track is the hit. Out through Yala! Records (The Magic Gang, Yak).
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4-track 12" EP on Yala! Records.
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- Collateral by Egyptian Blue
Noise! Angular, angry-sounding noise made by four young men with drums and guitars. But wait! Yes, the comparisons to classic post-punkers Gang Of Four, established indie-rockers Foals and newish guys Parquet Courts are all on point (as may have been pointed out here on this very site!). However, also affirmatively there is so much VITALITY, charge, IRE and of course the sheer bloody amount of THRILLS listening to this band produces.
Lead track ‘Collateral’ crashes in on a wave of crashing guitar and the (ironic?) line "If you loved me, you would stay at home!" -- a little petulant that maybe; plus, if I were at home lads I’d not have heard your splendid EP! ‘To Be Felt’ is every bit as good -- possibly even better than the title track -- pushed along as it is by the most pummeled, propulsive drums and urgent, jagged guitars. Cracking stuff! Appropriately grainy-collage-cover-art, too.
And yeah, they’re from Brighton but for once I’m not holding that against them.
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