Luke James
Luke James

CLUNK Magazines chief album review guy and a lover of cats!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Label: Communion Group Ltd

Having fronted buzz-worthy garage rock band Dead Pretties, lead singer and guitarist Jacob Slater burned himself out and made the difficult decision to call it a day.

Fast forward a few years, via a residency as a surf instructor in Cornwall, and Slater makes his return to music under the moniker Wunderhorse. As well as bringing the grungy/ garage edge from his previous band, Slater grows the sound and seemingly takes influence from bands like Pearl Jam and Lemonheads with a more mature feel to the songs.

‘Leader of the Pack’ is probably the best example of this. The grizzly plucked riff couples with an undeniable groove from the rhythm section resulting in a beast of a chorus. Banjo style guitar picks herald in ‘Purple’, a breezy song with a chorus that soars through the sky with a beautiful vocal line. ‘Teal’ changes things up slightly with a rapid fire vocal delivery and fast pulsing rhythm but still remains withheld and rather than stand out like a sore thumb, ‘Teal’ is more of a mid album lift.

The overall warmth of ‘Cub’ is tangible and something that is difficult to achieve. You can almost hear the crackle of vinyl run through the album like a vein. Each instrument seemingly pummels their instrument and yet feels restrained in the intensity and volume, instead colliding in a warming blues/garage/indie fire. ‘Cub’ is an album best enjoyed in its entirety and at high volume and it won’t be long until Wunderhorse is the name on everyone’s lips.