With thanks to Robbie for finding the time to review the eponymous three track Single by The Great Duck War, or, in his own words….
This is a track-by-track review of The Great Duck War’s eponymous EP, released February 15th.
More perceptive readers will have noticed that The Great Duck War only featured on Emerging Indie Bands less than a month ago, when the band were aptly summarised as a fledgling garage rock trio comprised of Reid Kurkerewicz, Noah Huber and Justin Huber hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
St. Thorlack features jangly guitars, crisp bass and a nice tempo change in the verse, with tortured vocals awash with delay and pleasing indie melodies. This is a fast and energetic track which sets the tone for the experience to follow, a no-nonsense, lumbering slice of garage rock with an air of desolation.
The atmospheric structure of Chicago Blastroid is comprised of a driving bass line and sparse drumming supported by shimmering chords. Before long the tempo rises and lurches into a wistful melody followed by gritty feedback oscillations, concluding much as it began. This is the most varied track on the EP, with a variety of intensities and lots of grit to sink your teeth into.
Dial Tones features vocals awash with reverb before bass, drums and guitar set the groove and the tempo ebbs and flows like the ocean tide. Before long the familiar tempo change rears its head once more, a tremulous guitar lick and frantic percussion following each successive swell. The EP ends with a final crescendo descending into noise – a fitting conclusion to this manic set of songs.
This is a short but satisfying EP, which is available on bandcamp and a great introduction to The Great Duck War.
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