Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Polterghost - Beast

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

If you're not already familiar with the work of London trio Polterghost (which is a distinct possibility, as this is their debut single, although a taster track was posted online a few months back) then you're probably thinking that all roads lead to metal. Well, not quite. With band and track name, not to mention the artwork all pointing in that direction, it would be right to expect a little heaviness here. But then The Cramps used similar titles and imagery and don't fall under that bracket at all. Polterghost are a little closer, but rather than metal, their sound is nearer to grunge.

'Beast' is just one track from their double A-side which arrives next week and it's punk-rock with leanings to something more robust. So the grunge tag is probably the best description if you're looking for a shortcut to describing them to a friend. There's some nice guitar on 'Beast'; much grunge was deliberately (and often brilliantly) shoddy, but these guys are aiming to deliver the same message without such basic musicianship. Don't go expecting extravagance though; they've got this perfectly balanced and the ratio of musicianship and raw, buzzing, screeching noise is perfect. Oh, and the actual song is pretty good too.

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