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SCAB HAND – ‘Sparse Anatomy’ EP Review

SCAB HAND – Sparse Anatomy

Scab HandScab Hand are a London and Brighton based “garage-psych-punk power trio.”

Following the success of their 2017 self-titled debut EP they released their second EP, Sparse Anatomy on the 6th April.  The band state that MC5 and The Stooges are influences and the opening track, Turkey is a pulsating and raw garage punk song. The manically fuzzed out guitars and screamed vocals had me in Cramps land albeit a bit heavier.

On Body Parts the driving bass line, fast drums and screaming guitars support a manic vocal. Scab Hand veer into psychobilly territory channeling The Meteors but with a rawer, punkier edge. It’s fun, wild, manic and different.

The third song of the four on the EP is Lights On with an extended atonal guitar introduction and a group chant forming a rhythmic vocal that launches a maniacal rockabilly effort that brought a smile to my face…it is, as the band say “a sonic onslaught.”

Closing with the rather strange Mushroom where melodic sections meet chaotic and viscerally powerful pieces, the whole {ahem} trip is wild. Great fun, great energy and a great addition to the punk rock family.

Grab a listen to Sparse Anatomy by Scab Hand here: https://soundcloud.com/scabhand/sets/sparse-anatomy/s-lD0z6