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Brainwasher | ‘Scabs Of Winter’

The Galway scene. It’s a gift that keeps giving.

Or at least it did for quite a long time. As Jamie pointed out in the recent Ilenkus interview, it’s slowed a little of late. Nonetheless its contribution to punk and hardcore particularly is noted.

Brainwasher come from those cobbled streets of craic, and their fast paced and thick punk is pretty good.

‘Static Television’ chunters out at good pace from the start with a pleasingly well rounded guitar and bass mix that’s good to listen to and sounds charging. It’s fast, the drum rolls are executed tightly, and it has a good spark about it.

There’s a slightly grungier, rockier slant to the start of ‘Yaws’ – a little more slacker in approach to begin with, but of course it all gets into gear with the DBeat in short order.

I’d prefer a little more aggro in the vocals throughout this demo. The singer sounds a little sleepy on occasion, and a bit like he’s saying the lines sort of cause he has to and not cause he wants to. Which when it comes to punk invective obviously leaves one feeling a little short changed.

But it’s by no means bad. ‘First World Problems’ has a great lyrical hook in ‘the sooner we move the faster we die’, which is great, and closer ‘From Nothing To Nowhere’ is their go at a broody atmosphere builder. It pretty much gets there.

They’ve got many of the right elements in place, so all I can really suggest is a bit more fire in the belly vocally and a bit more of a riled up performance needed. Aside from that it’s decent.

Earl Grey ::: 21/01/15

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