September 8th || Leah Hamer || Lee Barber
After spending the last few months wisely plotting and stroking their beards behind the scenes, local boys RINSE have been widely missed. Their name has been scribed across the bills of world renowned festivals such as Dot to Dot and the Bristol Harbour Festival this summer, all whilst they have been cruelly teasing fans with the promise of their debut EP. The day has finally arrived and one thing is for sure- We Need To Talk.
A dreamy trickle of strings begins the opening track, More Than Friends. A tornado of drums swoops in and cranks up the volume before the distinctive vocals of Josh Hollingworth plunge in. Lyrics of failing love are intertwined with high twangs on guitar before a nail-biting build-up of elements leads you to a welcomed surprise. Contrary to your expectations, the chorus arrives to be stripped back and calm- an intelligent and effective choice. With sporadic symbols, a killer Josh Hassall bass line and an occasional hazy guitar providing the back drop to the desperate and hopeful words, I know we could be more than friends. Then a tumbling mountain of guitar and drums explode into the verse once again before the chorus returns, this time with double the production that we expected the first time round.
RINSE tap deftly into the realms of 90’s Brit-pop and grunge music in second track, Citadel, with droney chord progressions on electric guitar, swiftly carrying you swaying through the ballad. Hollingworth’s vocals are as gently prominent as ever, laced with chorus call undertones, while Hewitt’s guitar style is without a doubt coming into its own, with his cunning riffs and great use of pedals making his guitar play almost a sound you can instantly recognise as his. As with all the other band members, Hewitt’s modesty probably makes him to be one of the most under-rated guitar players in his hometown.
That famous RINSE guitar twang opens up closing track, Velvet, in a lightning intro, before the stomping and hearty drum beat of Ollie McNicholas flies solo with the verse vocals. Fluctuating between a fast-paced guitar and a steady staccato vocal line, you are pulled back and forth until you are flung into the spaced-out, experimental build up, with distorted vocals and a groaning transition into the chorus- where every member lets rip. Velvet is perfectly executed tight-rope walk, balancing between the tranquil, trippy grunge and the all-out, guns-blazing power playing, that this EP has reflected throughout.
With this EP, RINSE have proficiently mastered their signature sound, whilst managing the delicate art of creating individuality within every track, showing absurd talent from every member in the process. We Need To Talk is definitely one to talk about.
We Need To Talk is out now and is available to stream and download on the usual platforms