LOSING CONTROL - The Daybridges (Reverberation)
For some stupid reason I thought – based solely on the vivid (almost gaudy) colour scheme of this CD – that it was going to be a collection of cheap indie pop tunes looking for an insipid world to thrive in. How stupid I was, and how grateful I am to be wrong.

This EP (or mini-album, depending on your preference) contains five songs united by a common garage rock thread, but with a diversity of influences and nuances that combine to make a very satisfactory end product.

The opening track, "Losing Control", is dominated by a heavy fuzz riff and a marching beat, with Pete Cullen's vocals warbling vocals articulating lyrics that protest the subject's abstinence from alcohol – at least until the weekend arrives. She's A Liar has a catchy spiky riff (and which reminded me of something released in the late 1960s but I gave up trying to work out what) that gives way to some more lighter sparkles and a subtle (almost invisible) organ backdrop before a lead break yanks the song into head banging territory.

“Janis” has bits of Kim Salmon and the Surrealists' “Non-Stop Action Groove” combined with something of Rusty Cage from Soundgarden's (excellent) “Badmotorfinger” LP, and iced with a frenetic organ splash that is always welcome to the ear. Coincidentally, or maybe deliberately, the vocals sound like a male version of Janis Joplin (though there are some who think Janis was more masculine than feminine anyway). “Vixen of Vinyl” (I sense this song was written about someone well known to many in the band's local environs) has a opening moment like The Stems playing the original blues tunes later covered by Led Zep, spiced with some incandescent drums moments. “Fake It” veers different varieties of funky rock with its rock mantra delivered with alternating wails and whispers.

I recently saw this EP on sale for the very attractive sale price of $3 at a local CD outlet. It's worth far more than that. I look forward to seeing The Daybridges somewhere closer to home, very soon. – Patrick Emery