Following the release of their previous singles ‘Circus’ and ‘Crook’, London/Bristol trio Bad Sidekick have shared their debut self-titled EP, and it’s a fistful of brooding indie noise.
“Everything I touch / it gets destroyed,” confesses vocalist Cooper Rose with her powerful Bristol intonation on opening track ‘Run Boy’. Guitarist Joe and drummer John create loops of fuzzy, furious sound as Cooper warns of the storm that’s coming. It bleeds into the snarling ‘I Ain’t Sick’ on which she oozes more enviably slick vocals, backed by a cacophony of guitar noise and thumping beats.
Bad Sidekick’s stellar song-writing skills are showcased on the gentler ‘Lost Cause’, which broods with quiet intensity before the drop-in. The spiralling ‘Romeo’ and penultimate track ‘Think About It’ are cut from the same cloth, full of visceral riffs and driving percussion that urge listeners to contemplate Cooper’s invitations.
A glitchy sampled recording opens final track ‘If I Were The Devil’, on which Cooper sings “I don’t wanna be like the others / trapped inside these dead eyes / waiting for the flames to turn me to ashes”. With her superb vocal delivery, there’s no danger of her burning out anytime soon, especially when paired with Joe’s razor sharp riffs and John’s knockout drumming. Together, Bad Sidekick have crafted a collection of infectious, gritty alternative anthems on their debut EP. We recommend you invest immediately.