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The Spills / Piskie Sits - split single by Various Artists

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Reviewed on 16th November 2008.


The Spills / Piskie Sits - split single

By Various Artists

'Ghost of The Day' gets off to a shaky start, with front man Slater slurring his vocals over the sound of a single chord being plucked over and over again. But, just when you're beginning to wonder whether The Spills are having a laugh, 'Ghost of The Day' explodes into a punk-paced riot of thumping drumbeats and waves of distorted riffs. It's surprising just how good 'Ghost of The Day' actually is, especially after such an unpromising start.

There are minor niggles, such as the jarring ending, which sounds like someone's pulled the plug on The Spills mid-riff, and the awkward lurch from dodgy intro to adrenaline-fuelled rock. However, once 'Ghost of The Day' kicks off in earnest, it's a spot-on rock song that flies past at one hundred miles an hour, making an ungodly racket in the process. God knows what they were thinking with that intro though.

'The Testing' is the definite B-side to The Spills' two-song contribution to this EP. It's cluttered with too many riffs, and is in constant danger of just sounding like noise. The racket also drowns out some of Slater's vocals, which makes finding a way into its tangled riffs even more challenging, especially when it comes to the chorus.

However, 'The Testing' delivers the goods when it comes to getting the adrenaline flowing. Serrated chords cut through even the marginally-more-sedate verses, ensuring 'The Testing' is gnashing its teeth even when it isn't pummelling your ear drums.

Piskie Sits have a more laidback approach to indie. 'Sonic Oof' is all spring-heeled drumbeats, shoe-gazing riffs and effortlessly cool vocals.

Its greatest strength is frontman Hale's vocals. He has a talent for pitching and timing his voice to ensure every line acts as a hook, and his voice will slowly get you hooked on 'Sonic Oof' without you even realising it.

'Sonic Oof' does make one major mistake, and that's with a limp, synth-led bridge section that jars against the straight-up indie of the rest of the song. Hale makes matters worse by drawling his vocals in a way that fails to add any of the oomph the bridge section so desperately needs.

But, bridge aside, 'Sonic Oof' is laidback indie cool with enough edge to remain distinct from the hundred and one other laidback indie tracks out there.

Piskie Sits' second offering, 'Out' takes the laidback thing too far, becoming so melodic that it struggles to make much of an impression. At times, it's so swamped with buzzy-edged riffs that it's difficult to distinguish what Hale is singing, making it increasingly likely that 'Out' will pass you by in a bit of a blur.

'Out' will, on and off, catch your interest, most notably with its chorus of fuzzy chords shot through with the occasional piercing vocal, which acts as an original hook. However, it's too easy to imagine sticking 'Out' on as background music. 'Sonic Oof' is definitely the track that shows what Piskie Sits are capable of.

As a showcase for what Wakefield and Louder Than Bombs Records has to offer, 'Dogs Are Faithful, Cats Are Clever' is impressive. While there isn't quite enough here to sell Piskie Sits and The Spills as your new favourite bands, chances are it'll leave you wanting to hear more from both of them.



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