Capturing a distinctive retro tone comparable to The Clash and Ramones whilst retaining a fresh faced, Post-Punk edge, Owners Club land on their feet with the release of their debut, 3 track EP via Goo Records.
Opening with the infectious, uptempo, tongue-in-cheek humour tinted ‘Double Diamond’ the band quickly introduce the indie textures and chanting vocal lines, comparable to 6 music favourites Squid that have seen them rise on the UK live circuit. Built around biting guitar tones, up tempo drums and subtle synths, the band do a brilliant job of capturing the sense of energy that permeates their live performances. The commanding, effortlessly charismatic lead vocals carry the track forward with a sense of purpose as the bands stylistic, humorous yet topical lyricism shines.
Elsewhere on the EP, Evil Twin continues with the bands blend of short, punk song sensibilities and indie-pop undertones, with distorted tight guitar tones and infectious vocal lines in a high-octane 2 minute long explosive of infectious yet, messy and expressive noise.
Closing with the new lead track, Village Green, the band offer a more in depth look at their writing styles with boxy filters on the drums, twanging acoustics and half spoken half sung vocals which deconstruct life in the UK’s often right wing, countryside. As the track develops through layers of melodies presented through biting electric guitar tones, distant whistles and backing vocals and glockenspiel, the band demonstrate a more rounded, considered side to their writing whilst still retaining their fluorescent, post-punk aesthetics. Closing with explosion of guitar, expressive glitching electronics and intense drums, the track finishes, marking itself as the standout in style.
A brilliant 3 track introduction to an exciting up and coming band with a bright future, the Owners Club EP acts as a signal to exciting things to come. Although I do feel the production lacks some clarity, it does fit with the bands aesthetic, highlighting the vintage feel to the bands musical approach and reinforcing the post-punk nature of their sound.