When Throwing Up tragically split up (one of the jewels in Tim Burgess’ O’Genesis’ records crown – in my humble opinion) I was distraught at not having caught them live.

Thankfully TEAR have arisen from the ashes of said band and front woman Camille has harnessed a stronger, tighter unit this time around.

PJ Harvey at her best – ( ie Dry to Rid Of Me era ) appears to be a powerful influence, with the evidence of this EP but that chaotic energy is fuelled into leaner, tauter, claustrophobic levels of originality especially on ‘Beautiful’.
‘Begging’ sounds like a bare knuckle fist fight between Kristin Hersh and Courtney Love, with the driving bass of ‘University’ era Throwing Muses paired with ‘Live Through This’ Hole type vocals.
Final track ‘Waiting Room’ adds even more fire to the mix, with a drum heavy sound.

TEAR may wear those influences proudly but they present their idols in new and exhilarating ways whilst delivering something new with every track. An essential debut. I cannot wait to see them live.

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