By The Beat Maras
With bands that form at Art College, you know that you're in for something avant-garde or at the least remotely inventive, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, this is far from interesting. But hey, at least this 5-piece from London don't live up to the stereotype.
Whilst the press release likens to the band to Babyshambles, The Doors, Morrissey the actual output tells a completely different story. The EP opens with some driving rock n'roll in 'Getaway Car' (ultimately sounding like a Kasabian and The Strokes get together), whilst 'The Huraz Song' follows a much more mellow acoustic path (with a massive hint of Starsailor and The Coral). Another surprising turn in direction leads us to the slightly melodramatic 'Groping like the Caveman' (yes, the lyrics are as dreadful as the song title suggests) before fizzling out with another hugely derivative number in 'The Beauty And The Horror'.
Ultimately, The Huaraz EP is the sound of a band struggling to find their voice. I think the expression "heard it all before" couldn't really sum things up any better.