Signed to My Little Empire Records (kudos on the Manics reference in the name, by the way), we reviewed Easy Kill’s ‘Mould’ last year and had a lot of time for its take on anthemic indie rock in the vein of The National. Now, theband is returning with a new EP called ‘Sermons’ and you can hear ‘Samson’ – but no, it’s not a cover of the Regina Spektor song of the same name.
Opening in moody and melancholy Midlake style, a thundering rhythm section soon join the fray. With a vocal style falling somewhere between Dry the River and Wild Beasts, there’s also an alternative ‘80s influence shining through – think Echo and the Bunnymen or The Cure – while the sound gets more and more fraught as the band reach the final, dramatic climax and sing about how: ‘I am Samson, the nomad. I am Samson, the tree branch’.
Expertly playing its slow-fast moments and tackling its breakdown, Easy Kill continue their ascendance with this new track.