Derry/Londonderry/Stroke City’s Making Monsters release their ‘Bad Blood‘ EP having recently supported Fightstar, whilst receiving airplay from the likes of BBC Radio One’s Rock Show and BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line.
The self-titled opener features a jagged catchy riff and straight away Emma Gallagher’s ALWAYS impressive vocals are present and correct. ‘Call Me Out‘ is slower paced, but nonetheless effective, the slightly more restrained vocals allowing the excellent rhythm section to shine. Recent single ‘Better‘ (the video of which has been receiving an encouraging reception on Kerrang! and Scuzz) is a standout track. The song has a slight hint of Deftones dynamics and demonstrates Paul Monk’s undoubted guitar skills perfectly.
‘We Aren’t Living’ has a catchy enough hook, but ‘Rose‘ is the undisputed highlight of a very strong collection of songs, whilst closing track ‘Noodle Sync’ shows Gallagher hasn’t completely done away with growling.
At six songs long, this is more of a mini album than an EP, and is certainly a much more assured and varied release than earlier efforts. Showcasing a more mature sound, it is a diverse offering. With such a knack for writing memorable, catchy tunes (not an easy thing to do) as well as three very talented musicians, a charismatic and vocally diverse singer-the band deserve to (and probably will be) huge.