There has been an undeniable movement in much of heavy music towards the complex and the progressive. Songs are becoming longer and more involved, while musicians are taking as their benchmark virtuoso performers known for their terrific playing abilities. There’s also been an acceptance by audiences that difficult is OK. It’s easy to forget that rock music can be a simpler, more direct experience made by young musicians starting out on their careers, and that this can be just as enjoyable and just as valid as the more complicated stuff.
The Dropper’s Neck are a relatively new band who come complete with attitude, intent, and a bunch of songs that make a virtue of the less fussy approach to music. The 4 songs on this E.P. are noisy and raucous: from the distorted, fuzzed up guitar and bass sound, to the insistent drums and swaggering vocals, they have very definitely and consciously decided to make a statement. No one can say that they emerged quietly onto the scene, coughed politely and waited for the audience’s attention; instead, they are determined to engage immediately by making themselves impossible to ignore. There’s no faulting their presentation or attention-grabbing demeanour.
‘Poor Excuse’ has a great guitar sound that carries a significant part of the melody, and which returns as a theme throughout. The whole thing is driven forward by a band who, at times, sounds a little like Queens Of The Stone Age; they like their distortion and they like their noise.
‘Sick’ is full of angry, angsty lyrics (is this how Southend makes you feel?), the main riff reminding me – oddly enough- of Hawkwind’s ‘Sword Of The East’. This is definitely not space rock but there’s something of the vibe in there. I think it’s the way the song is driven forwards, carrying the listener towards the musical horizon.
‘Divorcee’ begins in a slightly more subtle, underplayed way than the previous two songs, before that interesting guitar sound reappears again. The lyrics are a vignette, painting a picture of a life, and one for which I felt quite moved. The tempo is slower than the other songs which reflects the subject matter of the story.
‘I Could’ takes an almost doomy riff as its central theme, while the band plays with tempo and rhythm changes. It’s an enjoyable way to round off the EP.
The Dropper’s Neck have time on their side to build their musical career. This E.P. is a taste of things to come and a demonstration of their ability to take a relatively simple song and work it up to a fine conclusion. One thing is for certain, they have come out with all guns blazing.