I have no idea what’s going on in the album cover, but it’s very striking nonetheless. Combined with the name of the EP, which I love, this is something I was itching to listen to. Having never encountered Årabrot before I was unsure what to expect.
It starts off with Cannibal Manifesto, which is a dramatic spoken word performance. I’m not a fan of this kind of stuff, so this is not a good start.
However, once you get past this pointless intro track and onto the first song proper, Time to Pull the Sticks, things are looking up.
Here we have some charismatic Rock with some nice Therapy?-esque riffs and vocals that carry high performance levels.
The music is Experimental Rock that still manages to be catchy and memorable. The songs have Punk undertones and a nervous energy to them.
I hear elements of bands like Therapy? and Smashing Pumpkins mixed up with their own brand of Rock ‘n’ Roll. There’s even some Progressive Rock influences, especially on the last song It’s Hot Drop It.
Once you get past the first track, this is a very enjoyable collection of songs and is even better than I was hoping for.
Check them out.