Article by KevW
Currently based in that musical hotbed of Portland, Oregon, are The Wild War, a garage-psych duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Kevin Edwards and Phoenix Martinez. Following their debut EP, the four-track 'Valley Rain', this autumn saw the pair release its follow-up, 'True To Me'. Consisting of three tracks, all available as a name-your-price download via the band's Bandcamp page, we get spooky psych-folk touches on 'What's In This Tea' (which at times has hints of early Gorky's Zygotic Mynci before heading for more straightforward - ish - alt-rock) and a neat scuzzed-out thrash on 'Can't Find My Way'.
Lead track 'True To Me' finds The Wild War at their best though, powering along with vitality and hunger, and attaining a fluidity that gives a certain smoothness to its jagged edges. The guitars are ragged and there's a nice clatter to the beat, but not in an about-to-fall-apart-at-the-seams way like, say, The Libertines. The Wild War have it all under control and the jangle of the guitar buried deep in the song counteracts the dark tone of the vocals and the heavier lead guitar. A squalling solo puts the icing on the cake and we have a great piece of modern garage-rock.
The Wild War's website
Buy: 'True to Me EP'
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