Tricky Business are a five-piece based in the English West Midlands, drawing influence from a wide variety of genres including; blues, classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and alternative. Each member brings their personal playing styles to create songs that feel familiar, yet unashamedly modern. The band comprises Ali Cheyne on Guitar, Rhys Orton on Guitar, Luke Owne-Bowden on Drums and Jack Read on Vocals and Bass, although on the EP Jordon played bass but he is no longer with Tricky Business.
The EP is available via the usual outlets of ITunes, Google Play and Amazon Music and links can be found at the bottom of this review.
Feel the Noise brings this EP into being with twangy, buzzy guitars which will resonate deep within your chest, with their discordant vibrations. Interest is gained from making the listener wait for the track to fully develop. The bass line is deep and boxy, whilst the guitars squawk and rasp. One thing is certain your toes will be tapping along with this tune within a couple of bars. There are changes in tempo and technique that make sure your interest never strays.
Black Spots has a vast introduction, the guitars are vivid, using a variety of techniques to provide a massive sound, whilst the drums fill the space but add essences of flamboyance. The riff is very well executed and woody, after the almost orgasmic vocal sound, whilst a deep, funky bass makes your ears prick up. The drumming thunders with cymbals crashing, adding to the overall tumultuous sound. This is a track that will appeal to many as it has the super funky bass combining with super guitar tones that hark back to blues and metal.
Using a softer tone Soho City Streets brings elegant, controlled drumming with shimmering guitars and allows the vocals to rise and show what they are capable of. This track has an almost hazy vibe but the rhythm guitar keeps playing the same refrain which helps to keep you tethered to ground as you drift along on this spacy, hallucinogenic ride. There are some clever effects that help to enhance this effect and I can imagine sitting outside with a glass of something cold, floating along with this mesmerising track.
The final track is Back Home, which shows another side to the band. Staccato guitar and bass intertwine making this a track that demands you move your hips. This is a track that begs to be heard live. The riff pierces through whilst the drumming builds to create an infectious sound. The chorus is bound to get crowds singing along as the track powers along.
I really enjoyed this EP as it has much to offer, some of the tracks will make you want to sing along and tap your toes whilst others lull you into a softer space. If you get the chance to see them play live I would definitely go along as I am sure that you will have a great time.
Review by Samantha Lamb
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