Sunday 5 July 2015

Sewer Rats - Money Maker (EP Review)


A band from the UK who are giving the scene the kick in the balls it desperately needs. ‘Money Maker’ is a snarling ugly beast of a record

Album Type: EP
Date Released: July 27th 2015
Label: Fluffer Records

‘Money Maker’ DD//LP track Listing:

1). Skint
2). Devil Blues
3). Black Sertonin
4). Money Maker
5). So Far Away

Sewer Rats is:

Dean Robbins | DRUMS
Iain Morrison | BASS
Luke Morris | GUITAR/VOX


Oh Hell Yes!!! - I've been hearing a lot of great things about Sewer Rats. A psych, grunge, stoner, sludge rock band from the UK who are giving the scene the kick is the balls the scene desperately needs. ‘Money Maker’ is a snarling ugly beast of a record. Lo-fi garage based riffs with lead vocalist Luke Morris doing a mighty fine job as the snarling and vicious front man that all great Rock and Roll band need. Shades of Lemmy can be found in Luke's vocal delivery and that's not a bad thing at all.

Opening track ‘Skint’ is a nasty punk driven rock and roll number, traces of lo-fi stoner/sludge adds further weight to the track, indeed it is one that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Sewer Rats resemblance to Motorhead is uncanny at times, however you won't care because they bring a vibrant burst of violent energy to the party and should be judged on their own merits. ‘Skint’ is very lo-fi and the production can be very crude but the record is all the better for it. 

‘Devil Blues’ sees the band trying their hand at grunge and it's another great track to show off Sewer Rats undoubted talent, launching into some Kyuss inspired riffs, with the vocals all over the place, this band is going places. A casual delivery at times perhaps, but they're still exciting as fuck to listen to. ‘Devil Blues’ is possibly my favourite track on the EP, their don't give a FUCK refrain highlights a violent burst of energy.

Third track ‘Black Sertonin’ is a blues rock number which demonstrates that Sewer Rats can play refined and classy music too. It's a soothing piece to the manic riffs that came before it. Yeah, I dig this song a lot. It maybe slow-paced but at least you see another side to Sewer Rats. It is impressive stuff indeed

‘Money Maker’ and ‘So Far Away’ sees Sewer Rats return to the fast-paced opening refrain and you can expect more manic riffs being played at 100mph. It's a delightfully scuzzy lo-fi stoner infusion that fans of the band BAD GUYS with revel in.  On the whole ‘Money Maker’ is a thumping debut EP from a band I want to hear more of. I can't wait to hear the full-length debut album as Sewer Rats are one of the most exciting UK bands I have come across this year. Fantastic stuff!!!

Words by: Steve Howe

Thanks to Josh Cooper for the promo. ‘Money Maker’ EP will be available to buy on DD/Vinyl from Fluffer Records from July 21st 2015.

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