‘Wake up’ is the first single to be lifted from The Rupture Dogs‘ debut record, ‘Feral‘ – and it is a glorious 3:58 seconds for the ear drums. If this is anything to go by then the record is sure to be a hoarder of anthemic songs.
Fuzzy guitar, driving distorted bass and very punchy drums make up the sonic army for the track. The music is intricate, well arranged and incredibly dynamic in all the right places. The doubled vocals on the verse is a nice touch, especially as the two voices are incredibly different from each other. As the melodies has been stuck in my head for the last few hours, it’s safe to say that the song has more hooks than a pirate convention.
It’s nice to actually find this single packaged with a B-side in the shape of ‘Invisible Man‘. As a 27 year old, a ‘single’ to me will forever mean a main song coupled with at least one other song/remix/alternate version – so this is a welcome treat.
‘Invisible Man‘ is much more riff orientated and rhythmic, but thankfully we’re still joined by our friend – the distorted bass. Whilst the choruses are vocally aggressive, they also feature an incredibly neat use of falsetto on the third line – a nice touch and something i wasn’t expecting. When we reach the ‘he’s an invisible man’ refrain – we get some QOTSA creeping in – and this is most welcome to the party. A sign of a great band is when they have great sounding Bsides – and on this evidence; this band have a wealth of fantastic material stockpiled for your ears.
If you enjoyed the ‘Once like a Spark’ record by Jetplane Landing – or ‘Songs for the Deaf’ by Queens of the Stone age – then these songs will definitely be your cup of tea (plus sugar).