You never really know what to expect in a debut EP from a band. A band at that stage is still searching for their own sound, and how they intend to make their own unique mark on the world. On Parole have recorded an EP that is a statement of intent, filled with blistering guitar solos, thumping bass lines and some seriously impressive drumming. The only issue, is that is the three songs showcased are all very similar – both in structure and what they actually sound like. That’s not to take away from the quality of the EP. It is good, and it certainly has far more pros than cons.
Opening track Stalin Was A Wonderful Woman is an energetic, engaging and utterly contagious track with a lead riff that resounds in your head for hours after listening to it. Sam Davidson’s vocals also manage to stand out from the cacophony of sound created by the three piece, showcasing a wide vocal range excellently.
It doesn’t ever lose steam from there, with the second track, Rabbits, kicking straight in and carrying the atmosphere that had been built previously. The lead riff is reminiscent of Motorhead, but with a punkier element to it.
Closing track, Lost Hands, is the shortest track on the EP, but it is delivered so hurriedly that it’s clear the song could have been twice as long. The fast delivery suits the song though, and makes it the stand out track of ‘Rabbits’. The last minute of the track is a punchy and tight progression into a big ending.
As far as debut EPs go, it’s definitely safe to say that On Parole have hit the nail on the head here. What they have released is an EP brimming with potential from a young, and very talented band.