Employed To Serve, don’t play the cheeriest music, far from it. In fact the title of their debut album, Greyer Than You Remember, should tell you that you won’t find any buttercups, ponies or fairies lurking.
But you will smile, albeit through gritted teeth, as the music the 5-piece create requires a hefty side of painkillers for their abrasive approach. From the off if you blink and you’ll miss it as from the chaotic punk pounding of, ‘Live Without,’ you know you’re in for a nasty ride.
There is no let up either, as the volatile ‘Watching Films To Forget I Exist’ projectile vomits in your face with Every Time I Die mannerisms, ending with a cacophony of remorseless drumming and riffs.
Make no mistake Employed To Serve give a master class in technical brutality, without overindulging or sounding monotonous. The title track for instance is a math rock monster creating a bleak soundscape built on a sea of bludgeoning guitar lines.
Their weapons of mass destruction don’t just come from their instruments, they come roughly wrapped in the form of front-woman Justine Jones and guitarist Sammy Urwin whose combo of guttural screams are enough to wake the dead.
At best, Greyer Than You Remember’s technical aggression will leave you gobsmacked and foaming at the mouth for more thanks to the complexity of sound the quintet manage to wring out. And at worst? Well there isn’t one.
Any band that can crank out Dillinger esque schizophrenia, with a no holds bar punk rock attitude one moment, then create cinematic beauty, that is fully engaging, like on ‘Bones To Break,’ the next, ladies and gents, are onto a winner.
There are no upcoming Évènements at this time.