I apologize for the lack of reviews lately. It’s weird but there was actually an uptick in my social life given the unseasonably warm weather up here in Minneapolis. Regardless, I’m back now and more motivated than ever to get some new music pumping through my house so let’s start with ‘Run Mofo’ from Club Bombardier. I was intrigued the second I heard their track “Praha” so I’m super excited to jump into this quick six-song EP!
This EP kicks off with “2nd Advice- You’re Still Not Listening To”. It has a classic punk vibe to it. A bit aggressive with slamming guitars before the entire band comes in and drives this track forward at warped speed. Although the vibe is classic punk, there’s something completely innovative about this band’s sound that caught me on first listen. There are interesting parts from all of the instrumentation that pops in and out throughout this track. There are dizzying bass lines and then super funky guitar parts. I just love how these little parts really embellish this track.
“Perpetual Movement” starts with an infectious bassline and surprisingly high vocals. Although the vocals are much higher in range as compared to the first track, they don’t feel weird and I love the fact that this band isn’t afraid to throw curveballs at you. There’s something a little more standard indie-rock about the vocals in this track (once the beginning high-register part ends). They remind me of a few bands like The Libertines but the instrumentation keeps the energy high and the beat-heavy. This song flies by and, before I knew it, “Praha” had taken over my speakers.
“Praha” was the first track I heard from Club Bombardier and the reason I fell in love with them. As soon as this familiar song started playing in my speakers, I had the urge to get up from my desk and dance around. There’s this super cool guitar part throughout this track that still gives me goosebumps even though I have now heard it over a dozen times. It’s dissonant compared to the rest of the track but it works so perfectly and still has me completely captivated.
Fourth up on this EP is “Virtual Vortex”. Although the longest track on this album at right around four and a half minutes long, it still flies by faster than I would have preferred. The instrumentation in this track has a fuzzy vibe to it instantly reminding me of bands like Death From Above. but the track is still clearly that of Club Bombardier. That fuzziness leaves and is replaced by something almost a little bit more tender during “In Time”. The vocals dance over the instrumentation a bit more during this track giving it a more sensitive vibe. Again, you get to see the beautiful range the vocalist has in this track and it’s absolutely stunning.
Although I liked the more sensitive vibe of “In Time”, I was super happy as the final track, “Nothing Personal” came in with a sense of vengeance. This is a powerful ending track and an instant favorite of mine. Much like some of the previous tracks, the drums keep this track going at warped speed and that, unfortunately, meant that the end of this EP came quicker than I expected. Thankfully, “nothing Personal” lends itself nicely back to the beginning of this EP for yet another spin.
I was intrigued by the guitar work in “Praha”. That’s why I wanted to check out this full EP. I don’t think I was expecting so many elements to pop out at me but there are so many nooks and crannies to this band. It’s almost like an addicting game to try and find all of the surprises that Club Bombardier has hidden throughout this quick EP. What a fun journey and a great listen!
My Favorite Track(s): “Praha”; “Nothing Personal”
For Fans Of: Energy; Tracks that move too quickly; Quirky embellishments
Mosh-ability: 5 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.2 out of 10
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