4 tracks of clanging guitar music, there's stuff to make you feel all kinds of everything all over this release. The bass-grooves of Dead and Tempo are more than easy to stamp your feet and dance to, whilst at the same time screeching, fiddling and thrashing guitars give it a much more visceral feel. The Man feels dramatic, film noire with its piano inclusions, Danio's voice sounding especially tender, before swirling textural mastery comes into play with flickers of reverbed-up guitars and more musically affecting piano lines.
The blend of the interesting, the experimental (avant-garde would be a stretch), with the hard-rocking conventions of confrontational guitar music are what makes this band fantastic. On Tempo, the danceable bassline gives solid basis for this; PiL-like at first, it gives platform first for an amazing, angular guitar lick that sounds like an intergalactic communication, before a whirlwind breakdown gives the song its brutal catharsis. The jumpy rhythm section of Fighting Myself does this too, as caterwauling and howling guitars thrust you straight to the edge of your seat, giving Danio's tender outsider lyrics the perfect platform.
Testament to the fact you should always take influence from more than just bands of your genre, Husky Loops are an Italian import of the highest variety. The band are now London based students who've made this on the side of their studies. However, if this EP and the chaos of their live shows is anything to go by, they're going to be a serious prospect ready to take the world of guitar music by force.
(Words: Cal Cashin)