Out now (self-released)

Rating: 8/10

By Kieran Webber 

The boys of BAGGS have been turning heads with a string of live shows over the past month, including their support slot on our very first event. As always they dazzled us and had us frothing for their EP release.

Thankfully that day has now come and it certianly was worth the wait, the grunge outfit have very much outdone themselves with their striking debut release.

The ‘For Life’ EP opens with the thumping percussion of ‘Celler’, a track that quickly drives into a flurry of emo inspired riffs. It’s a daringly infectious opener that sets the tone for the rest of the EP. Hard riffs, pounding percussion and emotive vocals take precedent. BAGGS manage to blend the intellect and songwriting of bands like Smashing Pumpkins with the emo driven sounds of Taking Back Sunday, it is truly brilliant.

Following track ‘Protest’ lashes out at a dizzying speed, hitting just over the 2 minute mark. It’s a tight knit bundle of ferocity that is unrelenting in energy. Before the listener can react the storm has all but died down, leaving you very ready for the final track ‘Sunlight’. Which is arguably the bands strongest track on the EP and is a fan favourite live. The slow building number carries the listener on this anthemic journey, leading them forward to one of the catchiest choruses I have heard in a long time.

The ‘For Life’ EP is an exciting start for the newly formed band, they have built a strong following due to their impressive live shows and it will not be long until the wider world starts cottoning on to BAGGS. Although the EP is only three songs it is enough to scratch the itch, here’s to hoping we hear more throughout 2019.

Catch BAGGS at The Blackdog Haircutters, Falmouth tomorrow for their EP launch!

Listen to the EP now!