Mini album 'Lupa' out now on Rising Records; Single 'Dead Cold Quiet' out now on Rising Records.
Every now and then, a really fine and relatively unknown album will land on my lap and this debut mini album and single from Boy Of The Afterthought just happens to be one of these.
Describing themselves as 'alternative grunge' doesn't really do their music justice. Debut album 'Lupa' is an amalgamation of seven stunningly good tracks from this London three piece with a maturity that easily belies their experience.
With, and proud of, their influences coming from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Black Sabbath, Placebo and T Rex, they have produced songs that dip equally into Metal, indie and alternative and the result is a wonderful melting pot of all of these.
Title track 'Lupa' rolls in on some Sabbath-esque guitars but the second vocalist/guitarist starts up and all thoughts of that band are banished. Aaron John's almost incongruous, softly sung cajoling vocals slide smoothly over darker underlying guitars and beats. 'Only Living Witness' picks up the tempo with clear, sharp indie melodies whilst 'See Evil' drifts their sound into more QOTSA territory.
Debut single 'Dead Cold Quiet' is quite simply a revelation, soothing and subtle with a quiet hint of menace, this wonderfully soulful, melancholy song starts to seep into your whole being and you suddenly start to realise just how good this band really are. For a first single, this is pretty mind blowing!
'Stories' switches things up a notch with a nice groove, 'Hollow' swings us back into a harsher, more Sonic Youth feel and finally, 'Satellites' completes this fabulous mini album, gorgeously emotive guitars bringing a touch of mellow sadness to this soul wrenching track with John's vocals gently easing through, penetrating every inch of the sound.
Mournful, melodic and mesmerising in equal quantities, I could easily run out of adjectives for this hugely talented and utterly brilliant band and Lupa will definitely be amongst the front runners for one of my albums of the year.