ARTIST: HEAVY RAPIDS
TITLE: CASH IN HAND
LABEL: SELF RELEASED
Glasgow based Heavy Rapids are a fresh, exciting an interesting up and coming rock n roll band worth paying attention to. Slotting vaguely into the alt-rock/punk moniker, they’ve just dropped their first full EP, ‘Cash In Hand’, after releasing a number of singles over the past couple of years. Kicking things off with ‘Going Down’, it sounds like a bit of a throwback to the mid to late 2000s rock n roll indie punk revival, with fuzzy half screamed half yelled vocals and an insane amount of pure energy and frenetic excitement building up through the guitars and satisfying breakdowns. And whereas something like ‘Infected Nightmares (Frankenstein)’ seems to have something of a post-punk influence and an old time feel with its spoken word sections in the verses and a horror-punk vibe to the imagery and lyrics, the chorus still retains that raucous catchy energy.
‘Hurricane E’ sounds a bit like what you might get if you crossed Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes with Arctic Monkeys – most definitely a good combination, and final track ‘Paisley Pattern’ is the most traditional punk of the bunch, with the shouty vocals and headbanging pogoing guitar chords throughout.
“over the course of four tracks, Heavy Rapids have shown a vast cross section of different strands and elements of punk.”
There’s really not that many bands making this type of music at the moment which immediately makes these guys stand out, and over the course of four tracks, Heavy Rapids have shown a vast cross section of different strands and elements of punk. One could listen to each of these songs separately and believe they were by different bands, but it’s the slight eeriness of the attitude, strong vocal delivery and talked sections which holds them all together and gives cohesion throughout.
Considering this is only their debut EP, it’s safe to say Heavy Rapids have a very thrilling future ahead of them and if this is anything to go by, any full length album from the group is going to be one not to miss.