Sunday, 29 May 2016

EP: The Straw Gods - Carnivore

Straw Gods Carnivore
Photo: Thomas Martin McGauran

Info: Hailing from Dublin’s Northside, The Straw Gods deliver their own brand of smokey, brooding Alt Rock cut with Eclectic PseudoPop. With their unique take on Blues, Rock, and Jazz, emphasising the darker, soulful elements of each, The Straw Gods have been garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock groups such as Radiohead and PJ Harvey to Trip Hop Artists such as Portishead. 

Originally Formed by Daniel Soro (composer/guitarist) and Pia Dunne (Vocalist) in 2013, the Duo soon expanded to include Barry Rycraft (Bass), Tommy Gray (Drums), and Glen Brady (Guitar). 2015 saw therelease of their acclaimed Debut EP 'Under a Sun' and the group will release their second EP 'Carnivore' in early 2016.

Carnivore opens with current single 'Iron Lung', an upbeat and pop-laden piece of alternative rock, Dunne's smoldering vocals rolling over a tight bass-run and rhythmic guitars and percussion, it's a wise choice for the new single. 'My Love Is All' is a different beast, much darker and moody than its predecessor, again Dunne's voice is key to transferring this mood to the listener, chord progressions are pleasing to the ear and there are some really nice blues riffs scattered throughout. 

The Straw Gods back up their collective genre influences ably as we come to the EP's title track, a really sweet piece of contemporary blues country but with strong classic nods, such as Fleetwood Mac. The bonus track is so in more ways than one, opening with a blues riff worthy of Albert Collins' Ice Pickin' album, it's a smooth and laid back jam which has a blistering and delicious finale with some crazy good lead guitar going down. Carnivore is a strong collection of tracks that treats each of the genres it touches with respect, and at the same time melding them together to successfully create their own unique sound.

The Straw Gods launch the Carnivore EP at The Grand Social on the 4th June

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