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SPQR – ‘The House That Doubt Built’ EP Review

SPQR – The House That Doubt Built

SPQRThe debut EP from Liverpool art-rock newcomers SPQR is released on November 10th.

The five track EP kicks off with Or So I Say where some melodic and plaintive vocals lead us into an eclectic mix of math-punk rhythms, soaring vocals, guitar solos all blending to create an almost heavy-metal ambiance that burrows its way into your soul for over five minutes.

The second track, SUFFER, opens with some pounding drums before an atonal guitar joins in just before some chanted rhythmic vocals. SPQR remind me a little of 1980s quirky alternative band, Stump. On Life Would Be Easy the megaphone vocals that introduce the song are quickly joined by a wall of sound with running bass riffs prominent and the danceable beat holds it all together.

All five tracks clock in well over three minutes in length and that is an important fact as that gives the band the chance to explore different tempos, layers of sound and try some different directions before bringing things home. This approach is evident on Whatever Weather where the pace is slowed down with a mellow guitar lick, melodic and prominent vocals. As the song nears the end, the noise levels increase exponentially and we are treated to a shoegaze exhibition of the highest order!

Ending with DYSTOPIA, SPQR go with an even sparser introduction of piano and vocals although this time, they continue throughout with a “less is more” method and do not allow any distractions from the plaintive lyrics and delivery.

Grab your slice of 2017 alternative indie music and get The House That Doubt Built by SPQR here: https://spqrofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-house-that-doubt-built