On their debut EP Sharp Turns In Dark Tunnels, which hit the airwaves on 13 July, Brisbane rockers Sum Of Us prove it really is the sum of all parts that makes a whole lotta bang!
If you’re a fan of Aussie hard-rock favourites Hands Like Houses then opening track, First Yawn, will blow your socks off. This first track has everything to make a literal banger: heavy guitar riffs, drum beats reminiscent of fellow Brisbanites Osaka Punch (they share a drummer) and fantastic, clear vocals. There’s also an accompanying music video worth checking out.
Next up is my personal favourite, Eleven Tigers. You can really hear the versatility of vocalist Bryce Carleton on this track, with moments of high falsetto, some unintentional vibrato on the beginning of verses and hints of Australian colourings on words. All too often bands Americanize their phrasing so it’s great to hear these boys sticking to their roots.
Forrest opens with a great guitar riff and the building effect of heaviness with perfectly timed small breakdowns. This track is choppier than the rest, which helps to build the momentum and heat of the song. Keep an ear out for the growls on this track – they add great texture.
The final track, aptly named Carousel, builds you up before bringing you back down with cleverly placed melodic sections contrasted with heavier elements. This track gives a real sense of motion, and we’re certainly down for the ride.
Sum Of Us’ debut EP Sharp Turns In Dark Tunnels is a tour de force of rock; the short but sweet four-tracks ensures each song packs the punch you’re looking for.
SHARP TURNS IN DARK TUNNELS – SUM OF US