Hi altrocklifers! Today I’ll be reviewing the latest EP by up-and-coming Texas band, The Naked Tungs. The four piece band put out the five track EP, Hear It Calls, yesterday, following the release of their single Valium And Vodka earlier this month. The band have a fun, garage rock sound, and I’m excited to introduce this band to my readers.
The EP begins with opening track Someone Else, setting things off with a catchy and upbeat guitar solo, which repeats throughout the song. Female vocalist Sarah R. provides the vocals for this track, and whilst her voice might not be technically perfect, her attitude comes across really well. The last 30 seconds or so of the track is made up of an awesome instrumental, notable for its interesting drum fills. Lyrically the track talks about how people can change under the influence of drugs, and this theme of partying, drugs and alcohol carries on throughout the rest of the EP.
Next up is the EP’s title track, Hear It Calls, this time sung by male vocalist Hersh C. The higher pitched guitars and more focus on cymbals, as well as the slight echoing effect on Hersh’s voice, gives the song a more indie feel compared to others on the EP. This is a really fun track which adds to the party vibe mentioned in the lyrics running throughout.
My favourite track on Hear It Calls is definitely Valium And Vodka, and I can understand exactly why the band decided to release it as a single. The track is a great summation of The Naked Tungs’ sound as a whole: Sarah’s vocals are at their strongest here, and the instrumentals feature a strong bass line, interesting plucked guitar features, and inventive drumming.
The EP’s penumtilate track is All Of This, possibly the most grungy track on the EP, which suits its low-fi production perfectly. Hear It Calls is then rounded off by Its Alright, the longest track on the EP at over six minutes long, which really lets the band stretch their creative muscles and just jam.
You can listen to Hear It Calls on the band’s Bandcamp page, or alternatively stream it on Spotify – just pop The Naked Tungs into your search bar. If you’re a fan of Band Of Skulls of Wolf Alice, I reckon The Naked Tungs are a band you definitely need to get into.