Sweet Ether is a band from Brighton, UK, who just released an EP Petty Little Scraps which is meant to bridge the gap between their first and second album. In other words - it’s something for you to nibble on to get your fix. The band plays dark, alternative rock that will draw comparisons to ‘90s grunge bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and even lesser known bands like The Melvins and Mudhoney.
Let it be known the band isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before but they do it well. The band is tight in their execution and everything from the vocals to the drumming is slick. If this music came out in the mid ‘90s there is a good chance a lot more people would be familiar with their name if just for the fact this music was insanely popular back then. Ahh the good ole days.
The band comes out of the gate fast and hard on “Languishing.” The vocal performance is dynamic to say the least. The vocalist goes for a comfortable vocal range on the verse to stretching out his pipes Chris Cornell Style on the chorus. It is a solid opener that has plenty of peaks and valleys.
They open “Salt Burns” sounding a bit like Rage Against The Machine but it quickly changes to a picked, reverb laced guitar and then goes to sounding like something you would hear from Alice in Chains. Nice job boys.
The highlight of the EP is arguable but for me “The Trailing Edge” was it. I loved the riff on the verse and the whole song is just well crafted and infectious. Plus towards the end the drummer pulls out all the stops and reminded me of the beats you would hear from Tool. The band closes with “Where We Hide” which was another solid song that is a nonstop onslaught of distorted guitar riffs.
I really don’t have much to complain about with this EP. It’s not the most unique thing to come out in 2015 but it can certainly find an audience. I will say this. If you can remember when MTV constantly played “Hunger Strike” from Temple of the Dog and watched it every single time - you will want to check these guys out.
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