EP REVIEW – WELL HUNG HEART ‘WELL HUNG HEART’
Got a craving for some hard-thumping, riff-heavy Alt Rock PunkBlues GarageRock ProtoPunk? Turns out you’re in luck, because that is exactly what is served up on Well Hung Heart’s new self-titled EP. Well Hung Heart has been on my radar ever since I tripped over one of their videos on YouTube – the insanely catchy, raging, funky, dance-able, and utterly foul-mouthed tune “Bulls#!t”. This is a band that is truly original, playing music with a razor-sharp edge, a sound that is gritty and raw, and delivering every track with red-hot, fire-breathing energy.
Well Hung Heart’s sound is defined by two things. One: Greta Valenti’s high-flying and dexterous vocals – she can go from girly-girl, to sweet queen of emotion, to straight-up hardcore warrior woman like nobody’s business. And two: Robin Davey’s vibrating, rough and dirty, swaggering, and heavy-as…[insert f-word here] riffs on guitar/bass (he plays guitar, but gets the bass sound through creative use of amps).
The band had evolved from being a two-piece, to having a steady drummer: his name is Kevin Conroy and he adds some definite muscle to the tracks on this EP. I loved the band’s 2014 release ‘Go Forth And Multiply’, and this EP is another keeper, starting off with the heavy, hooky groove and buzz of ‘Throw It All Away’, followed up by the brutally awesome riff-heaven that is ‘Touch The Sky’ – with Valenti soaring high on vocals.
Things slow down on the gorgeous ‘Play Me A Song’, and once again Valenti is outstanding, conveying so much sadness and darkness without over-doing it. It’s perfect all the way through. (For some reason this tune gives me kind of a 1980s, golden-age Cyndi Lauper vibe, and that is definitely a good thing!)
The band amps things all the way up to 11 on ‘Lights Out’, a screaming, yowling, throbbing punk-garage-rock-energized track packed full of filthy-good riffs: Valenti’s vocals are all jacked-up energy and fire here, making this one a stand-out.
Final track ‘Killing Time’ might just be my favourite track on the EP. It’s a heavy-throbbing irresistible rocker bristling with attitude, and the riff that sets it all off is a thing of beauty. Valenti’s vocals take on a hard and jagged edge here, riding high on that riff, and it’s a kick-ass way to wrap up a top-notch EP.
Well Hung Heart’s self-titled EP is available from Bandcamp, and elsewhere.
- Throw It All Away
- Touch The Sky
- Play Me A Song
- Lights Out
- Killing Time
- Greta Valenti: vocals, keys, percussion, lyrics+melodies
- Robin Davey: guitars, bass, SickRiffs
- Kevin Conroy: drums, ThunderFromDownUnder
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