South Wales grunge band Greenmailer return with this their second album release. Formed in Swansea in 2014, their debut album ‘Scattered On The Mile’ achieved critical success from the underground music press across the UK. This self-release will please many grunge fans, particularly fans of Smashing Pumpkins, as opener ‘Play It Like An Ending’ is parallel to the ‘Gish’ era that was so successful back in the early 90’s.
‘Morning Song’ follows the same formula, although Steve Ahearne, who looks hauntingly familiar to fellow welsh rocker James Dean Bradfield from The Manic Street Preachers, pushes his vocal style more towards Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana. ‘Lost And Found’ is another simple grunge riff but I’m getting the feeling that some of the band’s raw power is getting lost in the production. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the production, I just feel that a band like these who play so raw will only project themselves accurately live.
‘Luluna’ reminds me of very early Foo Fighters. I think by now you get the picture of how these guys sound, and they have the tracks to back it up. This is more of a steady paced number with some cracking backing vocal harmonies in the chorus. ‘Exit Left’ demonstrates the pure potential of this band. This slow paced offering takes the album into a totally different direction. It’s strength is it’s depth, feel and mood, and this for me would be a single without a shadow of a doubt. It stands for everything that Greenmailer are about.
‘Fluffer’ has a psychedelic feel to it mixed with classic Smashing Pumpkins and Feeder. I have to say each track gets better and better. ‘Idiot Savant’, Non Sequitur’ and ‘John Frum’ do not disappoint. The latter an 8 minute anthem that finishes this album off just nicely.
Greenmailer have demonstrated here their capabilities in each and every track. As my good friend Adam Walton from BBC Radio Wales said…..’they’re obviously good’. Obviously.
1 – Play It Like An Ending
2 – Morning Song
3 – Lost And Found
4 – Luluna
5 – Exit Left
6 – Fluffer
7 – Idiot Savant
8 – Non Sequit
9 – John Frum
Steve Ahearne – Guitar / Vocals – Mark Roberts – Bass / Vocals – Hywel Griffiths – Drums / Vocals