Wednesday 14 November 2012

Beast Patrol - Disbeliever

Single review by KevW


It's commonplace for bands to mention their influences and also other artists they've been compared to previously. New York trio Beast Patrol have given us this motley crew (but thankfully not Mötley Crüe) of heroes and likenesses: Arthur Russell, Black Sabbath, The Clash, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Pretenders, Givers and Beach House. It doesn't seem like a particularly cohesive list if you can go from Black Sabbath to Beach House, but this string of names kind of begin to fit together when you listen to their music. It's essentially an alt-rock sound but incorporates various bits and bobs from lots of bands, without sounding wildly original.

New single 'Disbeliever' might not win awards for innovation but it's a cracking rock tune that packs a punch. You can hear the heaviness off Sabbath, the punky attitude of The Clash, the melodies of the poppier names on that list, as well as a gutsy female vocal that does have a hint of more raspy Chrissie Hyde, although we can't quite see where Beach House fit in to all of this, but bear in mind we're only talking about one track here. 'Disbeliever' has attitude and power and will make you think of the riot grrrl scene and also back to bands like L7, Babes In Toyland and Hole. Going on this single, they're not style over content either. It's a song that would sound great on radio, great on your stereo and just plain great in general. Maybe it won't be long until bands start emailing us boasting that they've been compared to Beast Patrol.

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