Kyle Ranshaw (vocals/guitar), David P. Harvey III (vocals/guitar), Andy Buch (bass) and James Berardi (drums) are Primatives. The band from Philadelphia recently released a rocking six- song self-titled EP Primatives.
The band isn’t reinventing the wheel with these songs but between the production value, songwriting and delivery there is a good amount to appreciate from fans of early grunge bands like The Melvins and Mudhoney.
In regards to the production I found this mix to be just about perfect. Not too glossy but not too lo-fi. Reminded me of those bands you used to hear on sub pop. The band opens with a killer track called ”Once Upon a Child.” Right away you are greeted with a blazing lead guitar and distorted power chord progression. The vocals are buried in the mix but not too much. I thoroughly enjoyed the vocal harmonies on this track.
The band has more success with “Lil Creamsy” which is a sludgy grunge track. Ranshaw draws out the words in the chorus “She don’t know/what I know.” Up next is “Birds Of A Feather” which is a bit more frantic and has more of a punk vibe while “Peasent’s Fare” is a solid instrumental track. They don't disappoint with the final two tracks “Vagrant” and “Buzzard.”
Primatives is a band for fans of the original grunge style. This isn’t the consumer fed version you got after the success of Nirvana in the mid-nineties. The music is raw with a good amount of attitude and holds up quite well in 2016. Recommended.
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