Broken Witt Rebels are a band growing in confidence. The Birmingham based quartet have been touring up and down the country following last year’s debut self-titled album, and have amassed a dedicated following. They continue to impress with new EP ‘Snake Eyes’, four songs varying in style, each offering a different side to the band as they continue their rise through the ranks.
The EP opens with the strong riff of the titular track, simple but effective, instantly capturing the attention. The powerful vocals of Danny Core fully complement the meaty guitar, and offer a refinement and control not easily found with such rawness to his voice. It is an easy song to listen to, and breaks the listener in to the more complex entries to come. Track two is notable for its brilliant use of backing vocals, adding to the weight of the chorus. The track itself is solid, showcasing a more pop rock element, but bogs down toward the end with a little too much repetitiveness.
The third offering is arguably some of Broken Witt Rebels finest work however, and showcases a bluesy style that perfectly plays to the band’s strengths. The song is excellently paced, slow and deliberate to start, Cores’ gravely vocals and the striking riff setting up a momentum gaining track that explodes at the end with a bass heavy solo. It is this style of track, much like another of the band’s bluesy crowd pleasers ‘Low’, that demonstrates where Broken Witt Rebels are at their most comfortable. This trend is continued in the final number, the soft, smoothness of ‘Turn Me On’ showing a confidence and maturity, the quiet husk of the vocals invoking images of a Rod Stewart in his prime, countering the rough distortion of the guitar. It brilliantly rounds off an EP that does a lot well, offering a meaty rock sound that contains many elements while still being easily accessible. While Broken Witt Rebels can be praised for their experimentation and varied styles present here, it is the aforementioned bluesy style that offers the most potential going forward, the slow, husky vocals and improvised feel of the guitar work adding to this. They are clearly a talented outfit demonstrating their versatility very well here, and now must surely look to refine the style to which they are most suited, in future releases.