The debut EP by Southampton-based garage rockers Clues arrived in my inbox yesterday, and after a few listens I can confirm it's everything you wanted from a messy guitar band and a bit more. Bristling with youth, energy, and a kind of swagger that Palma Violets captured our imaginations with a few years ago on their debut record.
What's Your Problem is an explosion of energy, condensed into a sub-100 seconds punk rock nugget - all the fat is trimmed off, and it's an incredibly enjoyable adrenaline drenched number. Year Zero is another highlight, the searing apathy of "I don't wanna work in a factory/I don't wanna go to university" chanted over some electrifying guitar licks that blend seamlessly with the stabbing punk verses' momentum in the same way that The Cribs manage on China Town.
The EP is an extremely enjoyable listen to say the least, and shows that what is to come is extremely promising.
(written by calum cashin)