SPITFISH – Penny Dreadful

SPITFISH – Penny Dreadful

7.5/10

Originating from the Polish city of Gdansk, conceptual rock three-piece SPITFISH formed in 2016 as the solo brainchild of vocalist and bassist Boris Karloff. Released in October 2018, their latest album Penny Dreadful blends a heavier 90s industrial tone with darker mysterious, horror elements, big guitar, huge riffs and traditional rock energy. In short, it is a great testament to the fact that sometimes, Europeans just do rock better than us North Americans.

Penny Dreadful kicks off with “Into The Void,” a 30-second intro which sounds like it came straight out of a tense scene in the original Nightmare on Elm Street wherein someone is being chased down a dark alleyway and is about to die a brutal but cheesy death. In an utterly unexpected shift, the album then swings into the rock and roll nightmare tone that continues throughout the proceeding tracks. With no shortage of stand-alone catchy riffs such as that in “Lost,” strong basslines like that in “Big Black,” solid drumming, and various surprisingly unpredictable dracula-esque undertones, SPITFISH makes for a bold and energetic trio worth a listen.

Despite this praise, when I first listened to their cover of “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black),” I was a bit nervous for the band as it is almost impossible to cover Neil Young in a way that does him the proper justice. However, their bold choice actually isn’t too bad – which is saying a lot. This track is one of their tightest as a band, and while they don’t stray too far from the original, Karloff’s vocals evoke a 90s feel in a weird mix of Trent Reznor and the singer from Marcy Playground – at best, it’s an enticing combo.

Peaking with my personal favourite track, “Swallow the Dust” (which includes the best solo on the album) Penny Dreadful is not overly dynamic. In this case, that is not a bad thing. Appeasing my insatiable desire for guitar-driven rock best listened to at full volume, 80s horror films, and 90s grit, SPITFISH offer a solid, lasting classic style that has the potential to lay the groundwork for a long, successful musical career.

Written by Jordan Hodgins
*edited by Mike Milito

About Jordan Hodgins 77 Articles
Jordan, in an attempt to avoid an overly-romantic bio, has chosen to stick to the cold, hard facts about her life. She has been reading ever since she can remember, but didn't decide to try her hand at writing (heh heh) until she had no other choice while attending university. Jordan has always been an incredibly passionate person, and for her, writing and music provided the perfectly blended outlet to keep her relatively out of trouble. Jordan's heart lies with the kind of old-school blues and gospel that gave rise to and inspired Elvis; she enjoys anything with soul, or has the ability to unite an eclectic crowd according to (in)tangible ties. Jordan's goal in writing for Bucketlist is to organize her intuition in a way that makes sense enough to which at least one person will relate. Enjoy!

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.