Mumblr, a North Philadelphia based quartet, have released an EP named ‘Bang Bang’. The record contains six brand new songs, and serves as a reminder of their forthcoming album ‘Full of Snakes’. Mumblr are pioneers of what they label fuzz punk; a mismatch of distorted guitars, aggressive shouting and empowering drums.
The EP opens with a dark, simplistic track called ‘Hose Water’. Spoken vocals alternate with sang lyrics, all set against a symphony of tremolo guitar and punkish drums. The next track, ‘My First Black Friend’, is a brilliant song that infuses indie and garage elements with signature fuzz punk. It is upbeat, vicious and all that is right within the world of punk music. Another plus side is that it’s a little lighter than some punk, which will no doubt attract a more varied, and perhaps younger crowd. ‘Party At Your House’ reverts back to the smooth, melancholy sound. To give credit where it is most definitely due, Mumblr manage to produce a kind of chaotic organisation; their music is extremely rhythmic, although at the same time deeply manic and abstract. ‘Bang Bang’, the eponymous track, is the best song on the EP. It is violent, distorted and immersed in the aggression of the bands fuzzy sound. ‘All Your Fault’ is a witty track, full to the brim with simple yet clever lyrics, fluctuating energy and effective build ups. You find yourself waiting for the moment of inertia, in which the track kicks back in to its fuzzy aggressiveness. An old school break down also makes an experience, giving the track a fundamental lunacy to it.
Mumblr take a back to basics approach, simplifying their sound. In the process, the EP produces a sense of clarity. The infusion of genres works very well, with a more indie sound complimenting the distortion of the punk. An American attitude is evident on the EP, which also strengthens the punk characteristics of the EP. WithGuitars look forward to Mumblr’s forthcoming album, which is set for release this year on Fleeting Youth Records. 8/10