EP Review: The C33s ‘Benzodiac’ 4th March

The C33’s new EP ‘Benzodiac’ was brought to life during the summer of 2020, in between national lockdowns. The band would like to dedicate this EP to Rhoda Derry. Her suffering brought monumental change to national practices of supporting the mentally ill.

With an introduction from Salford born actor Steve Evets the album opens with ‘Stinkopolis’ which offers a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of a city. Manchester to be precise. The explosive garage rock style of the band is immediately infectious as you fall under the spell from the first drum roll and overdriven guitars.

The slick surf rock style of title track ‘Benzodiac’ the buzz cut guitar and straight up drumming that you can’t stop from getting under your skin from the off and guaranteed to be a live favourite. The gritty vocals are almost spat out with a swagger that matches the music.

‘Rhoda Derry’ sees Steve Evets return on the story of a woman who fell victim to the cruel practices of the early 20th century mental health system. The shimmering paranoia over the steady pulsating drum beat with shocks of synths and guitar as Evets narrates with an eerie and addictive quality. Some brilliant and important songwriting.

The band finish with the punk riffing of ‘Lovers/Losers’ and its double vocal attack. An energetic track with some quick fire drumming and the most perfect guitar tone from raked chords to the quick strummed surf style solo the bands sound is incredible all the way through.

Benzodiac is a brilliant EP that is busting with addictive grooves sharp songwriting and impressive playing. They take the energy of punk with the quick fire melodies and mash it all together to create something that drips with attitude, confidence and a swagger thats infectious as the drum beat.

Check out the bands track Benzodiac, below:

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The EP is be available to buy in several different formats including 10”vinyl, cassette, cd and digital download here

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