We Review The New EP From Bleach Boy – Walk

Manchester gutter-punks Bleach Boy mean business on their firey debut EP, Walk, which absolutely obliterates the senses.

The gritty bass and distorted guitars eat away from the instant you press play on the opening track, Jamie’s Birthday. The grunge-inspired riffage feels like your skin is being torn apart, whilst the low-tone vocals wail above the noise like classic Trent Reznor-styling.

The Manchester group from all parts of the UK also have a feeling of fragility in their sound that through its rawness, they scream out at you. This is still from track one and the brutality of the drums mixed into the chaos of distortion is almost too much to handle, however, I want more of this guttural remedy.

The lengthy opener fails to disappoint as four and a half minutes in you’re treated to a bass-driven breakdown and pedal-focused guitar riffs. They give you this onslaught of sound reminiscent of early grunge bands in the late 80s.

The band impressed me greatly with their 2020 single Lonesum and was an early sign of what I am hearing now: the uneasy sound mixed with nostalgically heavy riffs.

Good Intentions produces faster and punk-focused stylings by all instruments involved with guitar riffs feeling like galloping horses going to war. The tone is still gritty with a vocal range that bellows from one’s depths. It’s shorter, by no means sweeter but unlike Jamie’s Birthday, does all it needs to in a third of the time.

Else sounds like a track from the recent IDLES album and is a slower and softer side from Bleach Boy, if their sound can be described as softer. The bass drones on, cymbals crash and guitar strings are bent and echo behind the leading vocals filled with emotion.

Else’s rhythm is continuous with the major shift being the velocity in instrumental delivery. Each note feels fuller and more forceful as we reach the end of this emotional number and I don’t feel uplifted at any point.

The closing title track, Walk continues the mood of Else with the instruments producing more of a build-up. It isn’t long until things pick up that capture the overall essence of the album: dark tones, punk riffs, and stricken vocals. It’s the kind of track to finish on that’s for sure and one that should play out over and over before the band conclude their performance.

The guitar riffs are chunky in the rhythm section with the lead producing a sonic bridge riff that feels like it’s trying to break free from the darkness. Sadly it’s captured by the dark and thumping bass guitar that certainly stuck out as a centerpiece for the group’s overall sound.

Bleach Boy is doing something that not a lot of bands are and that’s finding the darkness inside them and really expressing it through their music. The mixture of punk, post-punk, and grunge amongst its sound influences is dark and consistent. No doubt the band will produce more uncomfortable music videos to accompany these tracks, and following their French tour, I can’t wait to see them blow up around the UK.