Attic Choir is a band from Edinburgh, Scotland consisting of Andrew Wright, Dillion Kennedy and Evan Hamilton. They formed in 2015, played shows, released demos and a little earlier this year released Internal Wound Management.
Internal Wound Management contains four songs and it’s apparent that the band was hard at work. They put the hours in and that leads to chemistry and performances which are in the pocket and an organic quality that tends to surface when bands have been together for awhile.
“shHAarp” is the opener. The song goes in a lot of different directions. Initially there is this playful vibe that reminded me of Vampire Weekend but then some distortion later and they came closer to sounding like The Smashing Pumpkins. All of this is before the singing starts. As the song unfolds the band did plenty to keep my attention from the catchy vocal melodies to the brief but effective breakdowns. The band does a good job filling the almost five-and-a-half-minute length with engaging transitions and riff.
The band continue with “Bleeding Grounds” which at least starts off a little mellow. It’s a warm energy with clean guitars before the song explodes with no warning. This is a move that was fairly popular in the ’90s. That clean verse, hit the stomp box with no warning to trigger the distortion. The band pulls it off and I liked how when they go back into the verse they let the distortion ring out.
“Uneven Two” is the arguable highlight. The grooves were wicked. It’s a little dark while also having a good amount of momentum. Take for instance that instrumental section at the one- minute mark that is led by the guitar and backed up by the atmosphere.
“Life-Size Cut-Out” might be the most unique song in the batch. They rock out here but it’s a little abrasive at times and I don’t say that in a bad way. There is also rocking out that again had a clear ’90s vibe to it. It’s also another example of the band filling the song with a lot of transitions and changes.
I think fans of alternative rock and probably more specifically ’90s rock will really appreciate this EP. Take a listen.
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