ILSER: Reverie EP – Review
ILSER Reverie EP
Louder than war have a listen to ILSER’s full Reverie EP having been suitably blown away by a lead track release three months ago.
Back in February, I was lucky enough to do a review of the track ‘LJ’ from this six track EP from Newcastle noise merchants ILSER. If I remember rightly, I compared it to 92 era grunge, in particular The Melvins and sludgy? Well, I can’t remember all the details but, I remember it being hard going, heavy and often impenetrable.
Zip forward a few months and the whole six track EP called Reverie is now available on their Bandcamp page and Louder than War have been given a listen.
First track ‘Cobwebs’ is a slow burning sludgy affair that starts off slow and then reaches a crescendo that reminds one of the epic Part Chimp fronted by Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane). Just like the aforementioned Chimps, ILSER are heavy as shit and know both when to make an almighty racket and when to bring it down a notch. This is what they do constantly throughout this EP.
‘Tame’ follows shortly and the music is somewhat subdues compared to the first two offerings and the sound borders on 90s ‘Hole’. Yet the start/stop staccato vocals to this track keep it immediate and frenetic.
After ‘LJ’ (see above) comes ‘Dawn’ and this is a great riff led track that begins in the vein of The Stooges’ ‘I wanna be your dog’, that slowly, and majestically changes into a call and response shared vocals with another member of ILSER that is beautifully reminiscent of early Pixies. It’s a nice surprise!
The last track ‘Conceited’, again, begins heavy as shit with some great noise and insistent vocals.
ILSER really are a force to be reckoned with. They are only a three piece, but make such an enormous sound. And with Rachael Whittle they have a fantastic front woman who has enough balls to supply Wimbledon twice over. ILSER are too loud to be ignored. Ones to watch (and hear!)
By Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.