With a unique blend of influences coming from its three members (an Englishman, Scotsman and Kiwi), Pirate Sons are a creatively loud musical force based in Edinburgh. The EP title, inspired by the address of the Dirty, Dirty Rascals – a creative city hub for musicians, artists and bohemians – the EP brings together four great, hard rocking tracks to introduce you to and band who be the genuine article.
There are several reviews online already who liken the Pirate Sons sound to the new defunct White Stripes, and to be honest it’s difficult to see past this once the record starts playing. Tracks are built around pounding drums, loud, distorted guitars, and a lot of energy. It’s easy to imagine the live show being a real riot (figuratively speaking).
Personal highlights include tracks 3 & 4, ‘The Last Days of Robert Johnson’ and ‘Long Gone’. The former is a relatively simple, four on the floor romp that builds from small to big. The latter is a great end to the EP, full of changing rhythms and searing guitar licks which works in contrast to the previous track.
There’s real subtlety to this EP, dynamic instrumentation and rhythmic variation that underpins the immense volume. Those looking to scratch a powerful, indie rock itch, look no further. 7.8/10