Tomahawks For Targets - More of the Savage - EP
We came across ‘Tomahawks for Targets’ last year, while touring the UK for up and coming artists. The Newcastle-based four piece create infectious and intelligent progressive indie, full of catchy hooks, off kilter rhythms and impressive vocal harmonising. Their new EP certainly does not disappoint.
'Teflon Fingers' introduces the proceedings in an atmospheric manner, slowly building up in swirls of choral-like vocals and spidery guitars. At 1 min 20 secs it then leads into 'The Modern Hunter', which is a mesmerising four and a half minutes of guitar band brilliance, combining musical prowess with sharp lyrics (and a twist of alt-pop charm). 'This Colony' starts with a mixture of synths and glockenspiel over an angular palm-muted guitar line, that progresses into an alluring groove. The best part of this song, though, is the sudden drop into a heavy riff after each chorus.
The slower paced ‘Building the Neo’ is more of a grower, taking a few listens to get your head round all the entwining layers of complex melody. ‘Panic’ closes the EP with a darker feel, feverishly working itself up through a melancholic verse, before exploding into a distorted guitar chorus. It is probably the heaviest sounding song they have penned to date.
What is instantly noticeable, on ‘More of the Savage’, is the progression from their last EP, in that they have developed their sound into something even slicker, better, sharper and more dazzling this time around. For a self produced effort it really sounds impressively professional, and the songwriting and musicianship is of a very high quality. The layered vocals also sound particularly good throughout these five tracks. This EP is generously being offered as a free download from their Facebook page (their fist EP - ‘The Total Collapse of It All’ - is available as a free download too). It is an absolutely essential listen.