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Self-Titled EP
by: Squab

July 11th, 2009 · post by tommy · Make a comment

I first discovered Squab, who are the acoustic incarnation of London based ’skunk rock’ pioneers ‘Claypigeon’, at a house show whilst they were on tour with Neil Sutherland last summer. They’ve always struck me as an interesting proposition. Two guitars, two voices and the best beatboxer in the UK, playing music that lies somewhere between hip hop, ska and punk rock. Sounds novel, and on paper, shouldn’t work, right?

What blew me away about squab that night was the sheer pace that their songs flew by at. They posses an urgency like no other bands in the, frankly over saturated, acoustic punk rock scene, and listening to this EP proves to me that what they have is more than just a novel appeal, but a carefully considered and skillfully crafted sound, that is unlike any other band I’ve heard.

This three track EP is frankly the most impressive piece of music I’ve heard in a long time. They wonderfully blend elements from all my favourite genres, to create an exciting listening experience.

The pace I mentioned earlier is present on all three songs, of which ‘Keep Them Guessing’ is probably marginally the best of, but there really isn’t much in it all. The beats, which come courtesy of Harry (AKA Reeps One) could easily come from a drum kit and the vocals interwine brilliantly. The songs are well written enough to get stuck in your head for days.

If you’re still in doubt, ask yourself this: Can you imagine any other band pulling off a cover of UK apachi/Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’? This is as near to essential as acoustic punk can get, i just wish there was more of it.

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