Back in 2015 Dynamite Dynamite released one of my favourite albums of the year in Apologies/Apathy. This past April the Scunthorpe based four piece released a brand new five track EP on the magnificent Umlaut Records titled Fangs. Quite criminally it's taken me until now to get around to checking it out. Is it worth the wait?
Fangs begins with the song Good Work. After the initial intro I'm quickly reminded of why I loved Dynamite Dynamite so much in the first place - those incredible duelling vocals, one clean and one raspy. Not only does this give some great variety on the song but it allows for some amazing harmonies. I love harmonies. This is the type of song I imagine is at its very best in a live setting with some great sing-along moments, those aforementioned harmonies and some great breakdowns. Up next is Werewolves which was originally released as a single before the release of Fangs. Werewolves isn't quite like the Dynamite Dynamite I know and love. They take those superb vocals and big choruses and give it a harder and, dare I say it, more of a metal edge. The riffage on the track is really amped up to levels I've never heard before from Dynamite Dynamite.
This Town Ain't What It Used To Be sees the band go back to their more classic style. Musically there's some powerful and crunchy guitars that will really get you jumping in the pit between shouting each and every line back at the band. This is modern pop punk music done very well. The penultimate song, Bad News, is a rockier track perhaps verging towards more of an alternative rock style. It's great to hear Dynamite Dynamite playing around with these different sounds rather than sticking to the tried and tested formula. This rockier style certainly gives the song and lot more bite and a whole load of additional urgency. It shows off what a great bunch of musicians the chaps in Dynamite Dynamite are as well with some superb displays on the guitars and the drum kit. Last up is Have Mercy. Have Mercy immediately had me throwing my fist in the air with the band despite never having the heard of the song before. If that's not the sign of a great song then I'm not sure what is. This is just a great track from start to finish and if you only listen to one song on Fangs then make sure it's this one. But seriously listen to the whole EP, it's a banger.
I feel like Dynamite Dynamite are among the most underatted bands in the UK's punk rock scene. They seem to be one of those bands where either you love them or you don't know them. They don't appear to be overly active anymore in regards to playing heaps of shows but they're still putting out superb releases. Check this out!
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This review was written by Colin Clark.