I don’t know how it is for anybody else, but half the reason I picked up the guitar and taught myself to play was to satisfy my desire to write a bloody good riff. It’s half the fun with the instrument itself; let your fingers head this way and that as you attempt to stumble upon something that will get heads banging in venues around the country.
The new single from Demob Happy is blessed with having one of those riffs that any self-respecting guitarist would wish they’d written. It’s as familiar as it is novel, holding the listener’s attention with its power. From the second it crashes in, the song comes alive, throwing shades of Queens of the Stone Age in your direction and carrying you on its journey. Have this ring out in any sweaty room in any corner of the world and watch as the bodies begin to move.
‘Less is More’ is first of new material from Demob Happy following their highly respected second album Holy Doom. Having spent most of 2018 taking their visceral live show international, the band are returning to the UK this Spring, starting with a date in Manchester and then heading onwards to all our fair island’s most elegant cities.
If this new single is anything to go by, the band are sure to continue that upward trajectory. This listener here can only say that he was suitably impressed with the rhythmic heaviness that washed over ‘Less is More’, which felt spooky at points without coming across as too dark. After a few lagers I’d be singing along, for surely ‘Less is More’, though perhaps not when it comes to pints.
Catch them with support from Sick Joy and Heirloom at the dates below:
24 February – Manchester – Soup Kitchen
25 February – Birmingham – 02 Institute 3
26 February – Edinburgh – Sneaky Peat’s
27 February – Newcastle – Northumbria Institute 2
1 March – London – The Garage
2 March – Brighton – Concorde 2
Review by Alexander Sarychkin