Gender Roles are a three-piece, indie punk outfit from Brighton making fuzzy, hard-hitting, tracks. Last Friday saw the release of their second EP, ‘Lazer Rush‘, a pulsating, ferocious and infectious four-track jammed to the brim with bangers. The new EP sees the guys finding their own sound, and really enjoying it. If you’re a fan of bands like Nai Harvest and Muskets, this ones for you. A thoroughly fun listen from front to back, Gender Roles show that they’re one of the most exciting bands around right now.
The EP opens with the frantic riffage of ‘Plastic‘, a punchy track that’s carried wonderfully by the gritty vocals of frontman Tom Bennett. With a humongous chorus, that’ll get any head bopping, you’ll wanna play this one loud. The track hits its peak as it climaxes with an enjoyable guitar bridge that transcends into an abundance of joyful screeching and yelling alongside ferocious guitar riffs, toe-tapping basslines and jaw-dropping drum work.
Next up is, ‘About Her‘, a REALLY catchy track that’s dominated my headphones for the past few weeks. Again, with massive instrumentation across the board, and passionate yells from Bennett, the band continue to show us that they’re the next big thing. I can’t stress enough how amazing the lyricism and melodies are here, and intertwined with the chaotically melodic work from all members of the band, Gender Roles have made yet another banger. Anthemic from front to back, this track is sure to be a huge hit when played live. This is one of those songs that you know will be amazing, right from the first chimes of guitar and you’ll find yourself falling in love with it instantly and singing along after just a few listens.
‘Gills‘ begins with an upbeat, sharp riff that bumbles into aggressive vocal deliveries and instrumentation. The shortest track on the EP, yet in no way, the worst as the fast-paced nature of the song makes for quite possibly the most bat-shit-crazy moments on the EP, as Bennett growls “GROW GILLS” over and over at the track’s conclusion, bringing to mind Nai Harvest’s Ben Thompson – which is, to no stretch, a bad thing. The band are the most exciting thing to happen to the emo/punk community since Nai Harvest so sadly departed a few years back.
The tempo is brought down slightly with the closing track, ‘Teeth‘. The track gradually builds up and up, with twinkly, reverb-drenched guitars, bouncing basslines and crunching drum work, up to another massive chorus that sees Bennett at his most ferocious yet, screaming like there’s no tomorrow against the backdrop of a meaty riff and pulsating drumming. Gender Roles have mastered the craft of blending the ferocious with the sweet, their sound is really aggressive at times, yet still sounds like a whole lot of fun.
FFO: Nai Harvest, Gnarwolves, Bloody Knees
The band are embarking on a FREE ENTRY tour of the UK in the coming weeks, in celebration of ‘Lazer Rush‘. See dates below:
Words by Ben Davies
(all featured images are taken from the band’s Facebook page)