There is a true international flavour to the alternative-rock band from Iceland and Italy, collectively knows as My Cruel Goro. Their 3-track self-titled EP from the outset, delivers a mix of ear;y 1970’s pop with punk “leanings” ranging from the likes of The Stranglers, The Jam through to Ash, The Fratellis and Weezer. The three-piece certainly draw a clear picture of their approach, if musically it was not as dry-cut, the three guys started rehearsing with no idea of what to play and how to sound like. But after few sessions they ended up playing some sort of rough and loud stuff. It was in that very moment that they pulled their heads up, looked at each other and figured out: “Yeah, that sounds good!”. I’d like to think this is wear bands like Neds Atomic Dustbin and their talented ilk follow a similar path or maybe not.
But down to brass tacks, pressing play the opening riffs sound strong enough, topped with an effective vocal by Andrea Maraschi who also plays guitar and addition programming duties, ‘Clash’ sounds the part. ‘Crapford’ follow also appeals with familiar structures, more appreciated as they’re thinner on the ground nowadays. final song ‘Glue Buzz’ is stripped back, major chord twanging earlier on, there’s even a musical bridge – you can actually hear Tommaso Adanti percussive merits.
My Cruel Goro EP is in the right direction and solid enough, if not in a too attention grabbing way, if you’ve ever had a so called trophy other half, then you may be more understanding, but for billy-no-mates here, just felt I need more. Entertaining if not quite enough spills and thrills. A healthy 7.8/10