The trio of guitarist Brendan Bric, drummer Nick Hyde and vocalist Dom Wolczko formed Rabble over the spring of 2017. Recording in Wolczko’s home studio in Vashion Island, WA, their EP helped the songwriters find light in the dark of a Pacific Northwest winter. The EP melded the sounds of each member as each one added their own flavor to every song. Genres like jazz, psych-rock and new wave can be heard throughout the entire album RABBLE.
RABBLE begins with the goofy song “Apples Don’t Exist.” It’s a fun song that sounds similar to Mac DeMarco or Sunset Rollercoaster. Silly sound effects are in the background while Wolczko’s synthesizer and booming voice are the focus. While it ‘s rough on the edges, it’s smoothed over by the guitar riffs and drums.
The next few songs are slower in tone showcasing the bands more jazzier side. “Creators of Mars” is simply beautiful. The calm claps of Hyde’s drums allow Wolczko’s powerful voice to engulf you. The song ends with a spacey guitar solo from Bric that takes you away. “Ego Scission” plays in a similar vain before transitioning into a psychedelic rock jam awakening the listener. However the bouncy vibe is again put to a halt. Wolczko once more demonstrates the strength of his vocals by hitting high notes on “Plenary Memory.”
“So It Goes” is a lovely instrumental that you can just tune out and get lost in your thoughts. Utilizing synthesizers to complement the guitar and drums, it builds from a slow hum into a song that band just jams out on. Rabble ends the album with a burst of energy on “Wet Brain.” This song is much more rock orientated making their EP finish on a strong track.
Rabble’s EP was a very enjoyable listen. While it would’ve been nice to have more fun, silly songs like “Apples Don’t Exist,” there is a stretch of songs in the middle of the album that transfer you to a jazz lounge setting. Wolczko’s voice is truly astonishing and stands out. Followed by Hyde’s kickass drumming and Bric’s guitar, they know how to not over saturate the songs, letting every piece breathe and listeners to soak in everything. These three men are very talented and I look forward to future projects. It is a solid album well worth listening to.
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