THE BROOD: The Brood EP
By Ania Glowacz
The Brood are just one year old and this is their first release – a 4-track EP. Their songs are short and snappy, and reminiscent of the post-punk era. Clean but choppy guitars, angular song structures, just the right amount of attitude. In fact, there is even a faint John Lydon (circa PiL) tinge to the vocals, so that gives it some perspective. This 5-piece band from Auckland is made up of members from Bannerman, Rum Coves, Sleepers Union, Rolling Red Knuckles and Drill. A bit experienced then. They can be proud of their efforts. Head In A Box, Down By The King, Walking The Gauntlet, Shot In The Dark – the songs are concise and free of musical fat – there’s no overstating here. It’s a modern take on the ’80s sound (both local and international) without any frippery. Cheers with sneers and a swagger. I imagine it could go any way live (punky or perky) and this is a great taster. There is no doubt in my mind they should be supporting the Gang of Four. Engineered by James Dansey of the Sneaks. Tidy!