I’m about to give up getting caught up after unplugging for the weekend. Every time I feel like I’m starting to make progress, something else happens and I fall back behind again. Like my mom told me on the phone tonight though, it’s not life or death, it can wait. So, why not procrastinate just a little bit more and spend some time with new music starting with The Beasts’ EP ‘Primitive’.

I almost didn’t catch the transition into “Wild Child” because the sound and overall vibe are almost exactly the same but “Wild Child” brings in some vocals which help differentiate the two tracks. The vocals are just what I thought they would be. Very fuzzy and with a street punk-styled edge, it matched the interesting instrumentation perfectly and continued to drift me into a retro-tinged beachscape that I never wanted to leave.

“Mies & Gemein” is still a track that is very distinctively that of The Beasts but it drops the more surf rock vibe and brings a more straight-up punk edge which I absolutely adored and made it an instant favorite of mine. Even though I would absolutely consider this track to be a punk song, there’s nothing overly aggressive about it. Somehow it’s accessible and I honestly don’t know the last time I heard a song that had this super intriguing element. The driving drums in this track made it fly by and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t go back and listen to this track again before moving onto “Monkey Town”.

The Beasts’ distinct retro surf-rock sound comes back to the spotlight for “Monkey Town”. The vocals in this track didn’t quite catch me as they did in the previous two tracks but this was a super fun almost playful track that helped show a different side of this band while still being clearly that of The Beasts. Honestly, this track was just sweet and fun but, before I knew it, “Bruce Lee” had taken over my house and I found myself grappling with the fact that this was the final track on this all-too-quick EP. 

Just like how the EP started, “Bruce Lee” closes out with a brilliant surf-rock-styled track with minimal lyrics. Although a lyric lady and typically not one for instrumental-based tracks, there’s just something about the composition that this band is able to pull off so effortlessly. They somehow had me in the palm of their hand throughout this album even though it was so outside of what I typically go for and that sounds far more than my ramblings ever will. 

My Favorite Track(s): “Mies & Gemein”

For Fans Of: Surf-Rock; Punk Edge; Energy

Dance-Ability: 6 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Autumn sat on the corner of my desk; Artie laid on the floor behind me

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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