Post-Punk straight outta Aarhus, and directly in to my heart!
Behind this experimenting band from Aarhus, you find Carsten Hebsgaard and Thomas Kring, They got together back in 2012, and decided to create music that none of them had been used to. They aren’t really a punk band, but they’re inspired by the raw emotions and wildness from the punk scene. This is definitely to be heard on their first actual release, Wilderness Children.
I gotta say, I rarely come across a debut EP that I fall in love with instantly, but this definitely hit me instantly. It sounds like they’ve found inspirations in Spleen United, Crystal Castles and strangely enough The Wong Boys (more on that later), and that’s not a bad mixture at all! However, this is not a new Spleen United, as you get a whole different nerve and pulse on this EP!
Wilderness Children starts out with the opening track ‘A.T.A’, a song we’ve been around earlier here at SOA. Back then I was really excited about this song, but after almost forgetting again, it was really nice hearing it again, and again, and again. This time I feel certain that I won’t forget it! It has a beat that makes you jump a long, a vocal that you wanna sing a long to, and a nerve that makes you want to light a cigarette, and put on your best bad-ass look. Great start!
‘Moon Palace’ is not as jump along worthy on the EP, it might be live, but still a song that had me looking like an idiot yesterday evening. On my way home I really couldn’t stop moving a long to this song, and almost screaming a long to the catchy chorus, and especially the words “In the system, In the System”. The next song, ‘Prophet’, shows that War Drums are more than capable of creating a slower beat, without really moving away from their expression. The use of electronics really work out, and keeping in mind that the members are all former post-rock musicians, they’ve done a great job so far.
And now it’s time for that The Wong Boys thing I mentioned in the beginning. When hearing about a Post-Punk band, The Wong Boys isn’t really the first band that comes to mind. But the song ’13’ the vocal from Carsten Hebsgaard really reminds me of a punk-rock-version of Frank Ziyanak. As well as the beat could’ve been produced by a punk-rock-version of Steffen Kvamm. Again, this is really not a bad thing!
Wilderness Children finishes off with the songs ‘Shadowcat’ and‘Raven’, a strong finish that takes us back to the jump-along beats and incredible vocals. In my opnion this is one of the best debut’s of this year – it’s well produced, and shows incredible talent and potential. It might be because this music really hits my taste in music, but I got this feeling that these guys are getting very close to an early breakthrough.
I know that they’re planning a spring tour’14 in Germany, but one can only hope that this EP will bring them a lot of concerts in Aarhus in the nearest future. So far they are booked at Radar,alongside We Go Vertigo, Turbo Child and Beg To Differ on October 4th 2013.
Wilderness Children is rewarded with 4.5/5, and you can get it as a free download right here!