Scarlet Drive are an alternative rock band from Western Australia that have paved their way into being a staple act in the live music scene of their home city, Perth. They’re set to release their debut EP later this year and it’s that exact EP that I’m here to talk about today.
The band have garnered a unique sound through blending different genres such as Funk, Punk and an unusual addition to the combination, Reggae. From what I’ve heard, they pull this combo off beautifully and it helps them really stand out, with six songs on this EP in total, let’s check it out and see if the rumblings about them are true.
Kicking off the EP was their debut single Sad Robot which begins with a low, grumbling bassline, funky guitar strumming which all culminate and are joined with a drum beat that you can move your hips to. Most unique of the bunch are the vocals, it’s almost rapping, the vocalist sings extremely quickly and still manages to showcase different tones in his vocals by going up and down in his range, on top of this, the vocals build up with the chorus that rises in intensity and matches that intensity by showing the punk aspect of the band.
BMS is next, it’s a song that begins with the pitter-patter of the drums, which leads us into a groovy verse of soft, groovy punk and once we’re right into the chorus it’s apparent that we’ve got a killer tune full of bassy riffs and reverberating funky guitar riffs, not quite as “unique” as the first song, but it’s arguably more enjoyable I think, all depends on your personal taste as both are kind of great.
Next up we’ve got Ceto and this one starts with that iconic soft pop rock guitar strumming, this doesn’t stick around for too long though as the song speeds up and the drums keep up the pace and the song lets itself go wild. The rising and falling vocals on this song are probably the highlight, but I’d be lying if I said that some of the guitar riffs and the solo that play throughout this song aren’t fantastic. After an audibly satisfying end to the previous song we’ve got Abusement Park, which makes for a brilliant song title. It starts with a really eerie guitar riff and a thumping kick drum, which is slowly joined by the other parts of the drumkit to create a beautiful drumbeat, there’s something that sounds like a synth violin in the background that rises and falls and makes for an atmospheric song. This is a really weird song, stands out from the rest but I while I think some will enjoy it more than others, I’m going say this one is a grower, so give it a second listen.
If I, the next song on the EP gives off the impression immediately that it is the ballad of the EP, and that it is. For the most part it’s a beautiful, soft strumming on clean electric guitar playing underneath the soft vocals. In the chorus, both swell in volume as the song grows more powerful and as the song plays out towards its’ end it swells even more as the bass and drums join in on the action and close out the song with a noticeable climax. Finally, we come to the titular song of the EP Echoes of Apprehension, now this song starts with some of the happiest sounding guitar riff in a long while. The song radiates a kind of joy that you just want to jig to, it’s fun and chilled out without sacrificing any energy from the song or sounding too dull or boring. From a purely blatant perspective it’s audibly stimulating with all the strings being plucked and the soft nature of the song.