Label: Nice Swan Records
The group of roguish renegades Opus Kink have been on an all conquering mission for the past few years, spreading their brass infused, chaotic, rock n roll to the masses. We’ve seen them dominate stages across the land, release multitudes of eye-waveringly fantastic music, and now, following their last release ’Til The Stream Runs Dry’, the band returns with ‘My Eyes, Brother’ EP.
This EP embodies the best and most chaotic elements of Opus Kink, creating an EP that feels full and complete. This is arguably the band’s most masterful work so far, and the days are still very young. They continue to be one of the most exciting artists to have been birthed out of the UK.
The EP opens with slow, rhythmic percussion of ‘Chains’, a sound that is ever evolving as the many elements join in, the keys create a sharp reminder of their presence, whilst the guitar eloquently floats in the back drop. This makes space for the cult-like chanting to push through. The track continues like a fever dream, or a track plucked straight from an opening scene in a Tarantino movie. Then, without warning the brass instruments push through, creating a swirling, almost overwhelming sensation, luring you deeper into the rugged world of Opus Kink.
It’s a fantastic opener that gets the listener ready for the onslaught that lays ahead. It’s a winding road that is filled with surprises, sonic pulses, and a soundscape designed for bandits.
The energy hikes up to 100 with the second track ‘Dust’, a pulsating number that was designed to be listened when riding for war. The thunderous bass lays the track for scowling vocals, waves of guitars, and as expected a dizzying brass section. personally, this is Opus Kink at their best, frantic, wild energy being harnessed and pushed out to the listener.
The halfway mark sees us treated to piano led ditty called ‘Tin of Piss’ that acts as an intermission, giving you a moment to reflect. It’s a tranquil moment in an EP that is filled to the brim with intense energy.
After a 40 second break the EP picks up where it left off with the brooding and intense ‘Malarky’, a slower track that is filled with shrieks, screeches, and more. A chaotic number that boasts the band at their most wild. A feeling that is felt through ‘Piping Angels’, which has a strong reminiscence to The Fall with its poetic slathering from frontman Angus Rogers. Closing track ‘1:18’ gives us one last burst of energy before closing the EP, a satisfying end to a what is a frankly wild ride.