‘Yellow Streak’ welcomes us in the form of ‘Douse’ with its racing, washed out guitars and urgent drum work giving a juxtaposition to their haunting vocals. Whereas ‘Head Trip’ keeps up the momentum with its thriving drums, smooth harmonies and punk-ish riffs.
‘Laying Odds’ proves to be a sharper effort which pinpoints Simmer’s soundclash of grunge, emo and shoegaze. It kicks off in an relentless fashion with stabbing guitars and introverted vocals, before easing into a more catharic instrumentation. A thrilling and captivating number that is fuses the quarter’s mix of styles in an effective manner.
The title track closes out this short offering in a laid back manner. With its drawn out guitars and overall sombre tone, it doesn’t have the same urgency that earlier tracks had yet Julius Schiazza reverb-laden vocals rescues the mesmerizing character that is consistent throughout ‘Yellow Streak’.
Although you may find yourself disengaged when listening to ‘Yellow Streak’, I assure you that you will be giving this repeated spins. Whilst some may dismiss Simmer of being just another band part of the grunge/emo/shoegaze crossover, others will eat it up as these four songs shows a band with intent and with a purpose. Sure it’s covered a haze of reverb and atmospheric tones, but at its core is a punk band that is willing to embrace, and effciently use, other elements in a compelling fashion.
‘Yellow Streak’ EP by Simmer is out now on Dog Knights Productions.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)