Like the phoenix that rises from the ashes of its own flames, rock duo REWS take the remnants of loves old and new, and turn them in to tunes that blaze with fun and furious style. Their debut album Pyro (released via Marshall Records) brims with an incredible energy that’s simultaneously dark and delightful; and it’s setting our ears alight in all the right ways.
The record opens with a rockier reversion of the joyful ‘Let It Roll’, showcasing guitarist Shauna & drummer Collette’s divine dual vocals against gritty guitar. It bleeds perfectly in to ‘Rip Up My Heart’, which is a heavy lament to the heartache caused by a failed relationship – and a musical remedy for it too.
‘Violins’ is an apathetic but energetic track with a chorus which demonstrates Shauna’s ability to hit the higher notes as well as unleashing hair-raising screams with her powerful lungs. It precedes recent single ‘Shine’, which is glittery and gloriously heavy (like the accompanying music video) and a clear highlight on the record. ‘Death Yawn’ – written about a weird guy who kept staring at Shauna at a hostel during breakfast – is a poppier offering, but it’s drenched in REWS’ trademark infectious melodies and dancing beats.
‘Miss You In The Dark’ is the anthem every girl should listen to post-breakup, with standout percussion from Collette and more of Shauna’s powerhouse vocals which dominate the record. ‘Your Tears’ is a superb follow-up, and it’s a track that refuses to acknowledge “the boy who cried wolf” with it’s swaggering guitar and thrashing drums.
‘We Explode’ certainly leaves its mark, with it’s scorching chorus and lyrics that drip with desire, whilst penultimate track ‘Shake Shake’ will have you doing just that; shimmying away the poisons of bad memories. ‘Running Up Against The Wall’ closes the record, with melodic keys and a sense of uncertainty that listeners will easily relate to. Pyro is proof that the REWS girls take everything in their stride, and they should take great pride in this record which perfectly showcases their musical potential.