Colonel Sun is back with a short and rugged self-titled EP. The Montreal-based, dirty rock band rips in and out of a quick four-song tracklist that captures raw sounds and emotions. With a sound rooted in the 90s, its no wonder that the entirety of this release feels like it was ripped live off the floor. You could hear the room, you could feel the people, and you could taste the dirt.
“Dirtbag” is first up and the title couldn’t be more appropriate. The tones are dirty, the vocals are dirty, and the production is gritty. An angular and rigid backbone beat makes for a nasty groove. Super sludgy fuzz muffles out from the guitar, and you could hear the bass tone folding in on itself. Nothing about this feel is smooth, and that’s the point. It’s not exactly the grunge-style writing you’d expect, as there are some progressive elements sprinkled on top of the raunchy tones. The song wanders from part to part in an erratic two-minute lifespan. It keeps you from getting too comfortable and forces you to
“Crowd Sourced Funding” is a wild disco-hardcore mash-up. The anger comes through in the swagger. A heavy-hitting, head-splitting rush wipes through this track. After a slight and unsettling interlude, a huge change-up comes down and takes your knees out. What sounds like a possible key-change just gets you where you’d least expect it. Cool writing on top of solid output.
There’s no letting up in the second half of this micro dose. “Browbeaters” and “Hodophobia” show teeth that are just as sharp and yellowed. The beating is brutal. Thrashing bashing does the neck dirty and keeps the kinks knotted. The entire release smells of sweaty human expression and passes by you as quickly and as vulgarly as a rotten fart on a packed metro ride. It doesn’t get any more real and relatable than that folks.
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Mike Milito