Freshly formed in Jan 2020, Derby Alt-Rock Trio MuddiBrooke found themselves with a lockdown to contend with, the result: life wisdom poured into their debut EP!
Beginning track ‘Devil’ slithers its way in with a hiss of cymbal and heavy breath before the strong vocals reveal themselves alongside the acoustic guitar. A steady melodic tune builds to a chorus of heavier music as the vocals take on a harsher edge the words still clear and definite. There’s a hint of Smashing Pumpkins around the fuzzy guitar in this one and was that an Annie Lennox reference? The band step the pace up with ‘Liverpool Guy’ an incredibly catchy tune with an addictively singable chorus that gets it all out and asserts itself. Backing vocals add a mocking vibe, the teaching of a lesson – perhaps don’t start what you can’t handle? – the chorus is layered over the top of a deliciously crunchy guitar strum. There’s a pause and those powerful lead vocals take over, it’s a solid song.
‘Straight Jacket’ takes the pace down again with its quiet siren of a guitar before the cascade of heavier sounds. There’s a noticeable Derby accent on the word ‘tongue’ which adds to the authenticity. Short and frantic the sanity repetition rather cleverly sounds the epitome of insanity. There’s a calmer feel to ‘Turn to Dust’ which sounds resigned to desperation and showcases some great low notes – a howl almost. Executed with absolute passion even the short instrumental two-thirds of the way through conveys the emotion. The final track ‘Fake it’ offers clipped lyrics in places, another relatable chorus, satisfying drums and backing vocals that melt into slick harmonies. It has a slower, end-song feel to it, which wraps things up nicely.
If an EP could talk, this one would say “Own Yourself!” or “Fake it ‘til You Make it!” which is inarguably good advice in these uncertain times. ‘Lunacy’ is out on 22nd October 2021. Find out more at: www.muddibrooke.com
REVIEW: SUZI BOOTZ
‘Brooke’ (Harriet McDonnell) – Lead Vocals and Guitar