Slow Riot – Voyeur/Burn in the City Double A-Side

Slow Riot Voyeur Burn in the City cover

And then there were four. Ireland’s Slow Riot have released a double a-side of Voyeur and Burn in the City ahead of their much-anticipated debut album.

In addition to debuting new material, the band are also welcoming into their ranks a fourth member. Joining original trio Niall Clancy (bass and vocals), Aaron Duff (guitars) and Paul Cosgrave (drums) is Liam O’Connor on guitars.

Talking of Voyeur Clancy says:

Liam came to us with the chord progressions and guitar melody of ‘Voyeur’. I liked the contrast between the spectral, somewhat eerie verse parts and the melodic, hopeful chorus. Lyrically I wanted to convey this disparity between hope and desperation and found a similarity in, what can be, the voyeuristic nature of romance today.

Compared to their first ever release the Cathedral EP, Slow Riot have honed their craft, developed their sound and style, and grown an ever more confident unit. Voyeur really highlights how the addition of O’Connor has added a new sense of depth that nobody, and certainly I, realised was missing. On the surface it’s a standard alternative, post-punk inspired track. But listen carefully and you’ll hear deft melodies and nice little hooks that draw you in. The driving force of Clancy and Cosgrave is in full flow and play off each other superbly.

Burn in the City features atmospheric synths that allow the human constituents to shine; slower, more melodic than Voyeur, but no less impressive. Taken as individual tracks they stand out a million times more than anything else (and yes, I’m a huge post-punk fan so there’s a slight chance of bias here) at the moment from the UK and Ireland.

Voyeur and Burn in the City were released on the 1st of February on Straight Lines Are Fine.

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