After listening to Wutip’s debut three track EP “Rough Cut” over and over until their unique indie folk punk ear worm became truly embedded into my skull, I have decided to refer to them as “London free house layabouts”. I hope they understand that I truly use this as a term of endearment. Seconds into the punchy opener “Street Lights”, you understand the band could frequent pubs in none other than The Big Smoke. The band are marked with London icons, The Libertines, lyrical whit. Similarly, whilst the guitar freneticism edges into early 2000s London indie kid territory, although this side to the band’s unique brew also has notes of the current west coast punk scene in America that bands like Fidlar are a currently dominating. Despite the whiffs of the USofA in their sound, Wutip are undeniably British and thats what makes me a fan. Whilst it is only three songs, the EP is naturally well rounded. The songs fit well together but don’t just meld into one indistinguishable punk cacophony, which is an easy trap for scrappy punk bands to fall into. “Scott Walker” is a perfect singalong “single” worthy tune taking up the middle section and then “Lumiere” with its soft piano intro plays us out perfectly. I honestly love this EP. Although I am a few hundred quid into my overdraft and struggling to pay housemates back for bills, I am not going to think twice about forking out £3 for it. In fact, my financial situation feels quite fitting. Fuck it. I’m going to go to the pub again tonight as well.
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The zen space between anthemic and raw is a balancing act I feel a lot of modern bands are constantly trying to reach but instead fall short and end up disappearing into the boring void of cliche, tedious and repetitive. Citations are attempting to walk this tight rope with their latest single “El Diablo” and I am for once happy to convey that I think they have managed to cross the gorge. The song wastes no time and dives straight in with a punchy singalong rock chorus. But not of the Nickelback kind. Oh no. Think less 14 year old girls pouting and singing along on their smartphones and think more shouting along at the top of your lungs as your are crowd surfed towards the stage; the only way you could get some respite from the mosh pit behind you that claimed a chunk of your hair and/or soul. Socialism and an uprising from the “proletariat” appears to be the theme of the song, a relevant topic in the days of Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders. It has to be said these are sentiments I share. Whilst one’s first impressions of the song might well be more leaning towards hard rock in the style of Foo Fighters, there is certainly a punk edge that spits through in the lyrics and perhaps bass parts. Back to basics however, El Diablo just leaves me with an urge to see the band play. The tune reminds me of one of my favourite live bands of all time “Max Raptor” and with songs in that vein laid down as their bedrock, Citations have the potential to absolutely blow up on stage. I will certainly be keeping an eye on them.