Describing themselves as “halfway between Jack Black and Jack White,” Brighton duo Sit Down are a DIY force to be reckoned with. Formed in 2016 after temporarily living in New York City, guitarist & vocalist Greg Burns and drummer & vocalist Katie Oldham honed their punk ethos and admiration for strong rebellious women and created their knockout debut EP, Cheap Luxe.
Labelled by the band as “the lovechild of sin and substance,” the EP was self-produced between two bedrooms and released online at the end of March. Listeners will be cracking their knuckles in preparation for opening track ‘Mothership’, which provides a defiant, alien-invasion-inspired introduction to an onslaught of seething, seductive sound. Getting revenge sounds brutal and beautiful on second track ‘Bloodlust’, on which Katie leads the vocals and Greg welds more of his manic, menacing riffs.
The devious ‘Honeysucker’ rips through shortly after, demanding listeners attention with its primal drumming, filthy riffs and Greg & Katie’s dual vocals colliding in blood-lusting fashion. Closing track ‘Cheap Luxe’ is a searing, sassy attack on materialism with visceral reverb and pounding percussion that’ll have listeners reveling in the idea that the real high life is “living cheap as fuck!”
There’s no force on earth that will make you sit still – or indeed Sit Down – to this Goliath-sounding debut EP. Get up, get moving and get sweaty to Cheap Luxe. Fans of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills & Deap Vally will definitely approve.
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