Last week I interviewed Leicester three-piece THE BLEMS, we talked favourite bands, new releases, and dream band to support. Now they’re back, releasing their debut EP later on tonight, I was lucky enough to be one of the first to listen.
The EP consists of 4 tracks, which are “ordered as a day in a fictional place“; with a lot of cross-referencing. The band describe the EP as “A tongue in cheek, audio insight into British stereotypes”.
Opener, Wasted, defines the start of the day. Clearly influenced by The Streets, this talky track, is a competent intro to what’s to come.
Track 2, Vice, was the second single released by the band, and references track 4, Tracey. There is lot’s going on in this track, however it works. Jake’s up-tempo, vocal delivery dominates the track; giving off a happy vibe. The pace varies throughout, keeping this tune refreshing and lively.
Kids is the third of four tracks on the EP, and if you like Rat Boy, you’re gonna love this. The beginning of the track even uses a clip from This is England which adds great effect to the meaning.
Tracey was the first single off the EP released by The Blems, and is my personal favourite. It references the kids talked about in Kids. The up-beat and catchy rhythm make this the perfect tune for summer!
As a starting point, Soundtrack of the Scallywags is great; there is definitely some great potential for these lads.
The Blems have also got shirts on sale on their website for just £11, you can order these here.
Check out the bands soundcloud, where you’ll be able to stream the EP for free.