Review: Cusses – Here Comes the Rat EP

Despite the obvious and unfortunate gender imbalance throughout the world of rock’n’roll, hard rocking has never really been exclusively a male pursuit to those willing to look beyond the mainstream, and with bands like Marmozets and Rolo Tomassi leading female-fronted heaviness into a new era of popularity, now is the perfect time for bands like Cusses to make their own inroads into rock fans’ consciousnesses. Released as a trailer to their forthcoming second album Golden Rat, the strength of  the Here Comes the Rat EP should be more than enough to lure in a new legion of young fans hungry for their hard-hitting blend of good-time vibes and vitriolic zeal ahead of the release of the full-length. Peppering their unique sound with the spirit of the unadultered riffage of similarly no-frills rock bands like Black Spiders, Cusses could just as easily provide the soundtrack to a fight montage as they could a party. Angel Bond’s voice exists in the grey area between sexy, manic and aggressive, employing almost uncontrolled screams alongside smooth pop tones and punk yells, ably navigating the frenetic storm of the music her band provide. Without Angel at the helm, Cusses could easily fly under the radar and go unnoticed, but her presence is impossible to ignore and really brings these songs to life, highlighting the quality of the sound as a whole. By no means reinventing the wheel, the guitarwork on Here Comes The Rat provides enough genuine weight to push things ever forward, but enough melody to be accessible and catchy to even the casual listener. ‘I’m Gonna Get You’ brings an almost disco-level of groove to proceedings without sacrificing any of the band’s credibility at all, and it would be criminal if this song is not heard in rock clubs across the land in the very near future. Passionate energy is evident throughout all of these four tracks, which fly by before you know what’s hit you, and even when poking fun at the kids of today on ‘Teenage Monster’ with the lyrics ‘You’re only 19/What does your life mean?’, the youthful vitriol of this band is obvious and paints an exciting picture of what’s to come.

Richard Spencer

Rating: 4.5/5

For fans of: Marmozets, Black Spiders, Rolo Tomassi

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