Out May 13
Sludgey bass-lines, psychedelic guitars and face-melting waves of fuzz? Superhooch are back! Their second EP The Majik Bottle is a slick concoction of genres, effortlessly blending elements of doom, NWOBHM and blues.
Opening track Fast Cars and Blank Faces serves as a gripping intro, with a thunderous instrumental section that descends into a slow snarling riff. Jonny Worsley’s fuzz-laden vocals enter as a hellish screech to join the wall of noise and the listener is ricocheted through four minutes of chaos. With a mix of slow, heavy riffs and guitar driven hooks, the track is a treat of doomish discordance.
The rest of the EP continues in a similar vein, with the heavy riffs of Numbskulls and Stigmatise. Highlight is The Lizard, driven by funky basslines and slick, spacey guitars throughout the verses, reminiscent of Funkadelic. The chorus is undeniably catchy, with the roaring ‘woah-oh’s of the backing vocals securing this as a stomping crowd-pleaser.
Musically, Superhooch are a tight unit and this latest release truly illustrates their individual prowess. The dual guitar work from Chris Worlsey and Johnny Kingham is consistently slick and creative – each track peppered with slick bluesey leads, channeling brief elements of Rory Gallagher. The rumbling bass-lines of Steve Clarke and dynamic drum-work of Peanut Marshall stand out in each track as striking and creative.
But Worlsey’s voice gives the band its essential character: his distorted, nasally snarls create a sense of swaggering confidence which suits the music perfectly.